In the following pages and posts I intend to record things I have seen that are vision related and are of interest to me. If you are interested in my personal reflections on sight, sight loss, eye care or Optometry read on. However, if you have any queries about your eyes or vision please see your own Registered Eye Care Practitioner.
In the UK we are fortunate, we have easy access to qualified, professional and experienced Eye-care practitioners. We can chose who we want to see, at a time we want and even if eye-care may not always be free it is affordable. Regular sight tests may not stop eye problems but potential problems can be detected and treated early.
Surprisingly it is estimated that 5,00Ò,Ó00 Brits have not had an an eye examination in the last 10 years and unfortunately 2,00Ò,Ó00 may have some form of vision or visual impairment.
When did you, your friends or relatives last have your Sight Tested?
Community Eye Care Teams can provide sight tests on any High Street: ensuring whether at work, rest or play you and your family can get the most from life by seeing the best you can. For some people there may come a time when spectacles, contact lenses or medical interventions can no longer improve failing vision but your community eye care professionals can still help.
Spread the word about why regular tests of sight are important and change the following :-
- 1 in 4 children sees the world as a fuzzy blur. Have they had a recent sight test?
- Are you legal to drive?
- Or are you one of the 3% of drivers who have never had a sight test?
- Always remember you might see them but can they see you !
- Drivers whose vision makes them illegal are 15x more likely to be in a RTA.
Historically this pretty little flower was a remedy for poor eyesight but now in the UK you can be referred to a hospital based ophthalmologist. If medicine and the NHS can’t restore full-vision a Vision Impairment support worker from your LB/SC can give support and advice on visual aids (LVA’s), financial benefits, and other ways so you can continue to live independently.
Never needed glasses and can’t imagine a world where sight tests and spectacles hadn’t been invented? Maybe reading The 21st Century with Fuzzy Vision will give you food for thought!