Your Health

Sight

Adding a regular sight test to your life is important. Every two years is ideal. If you are aged 60 or over or meet other criteria (see ‘Optometrists’ in this chapter) you are entitled to a free NHS sight test. You should seek help immediately from an optometrist or from a hospital accident and emergency department if you:

  • Have a sudden change in vision
  • Lose all or part of your vision in one or both eyes
  • Have an accident involving your eyes
  • Suddenly start seeing flashing lights or floaters in your vision

Quitting smoking and eating healthy foods are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of sight loss. Always protect your eyes in the sun, and if you wear contacts make sure you look after them properly. If you work with hazardous or airborne materials, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from injury, and if you work with a computer screen take regular breaks to keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright.

For more information:
Wales Eye Care Service Tel 01267 248793 www.eyecare.wales.nhs.uk
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Cymru  Helpline: 0303 123 9999 www.rnib.org.uk/wales

ID: 2098, revised 23/01/2018