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Eye conditions

Find out why regular eye checks are so important in identifying common eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and floaters.

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Eye conditions

Find out why regular eye checks are so important in identifying common eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and floaters

An eye health check can reveal much more than how good your sight is. Find out more here.

It's recommended that adults have an eye check* every two years. It's important to check your vision regularly, as your sight changes throughout your life, but eye checks reveal much more about your general health, than just how well you can see.

"In the same way as you go for a check up at the dentist every six months, so you should have your eyes checked regularly, usually every two years. We only get one pair of eyes and we need to look after them."

Victoria O'Connor, Optometrist

An eye check can give a good indication of the health of your eye, and can also sometimes spot the signs of underlying health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Read on to find out more about how your local Boots Opticians team can help you keep your eyes as healthy as possible, as well as providing expert advice and information about a whole range of common eye conditions.

*A standard eye check at Boots Opticians costs £25 and includes digital retinal photography

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye, which makes vision blurred as light does not pass through the lens so easily. Cataracts are more common in the over 65's.

Boots Opticians Optometrist Victoria O'Conner says:

"A regular eye check will help to spot cataracts in the early stages. Tell-tale signs include your vision becoming less clear and bright lights such as headlights dazzling you more than they did previously. The good news is that if cataracts do occur they can usually be treated with surgery, which will help to keep your vision clearer."

You can request an appointment by calling 0345 125 3752** or using our online request form. You can find your local Boots Opticians practice here. Your Optometrist will be able to answer any questions you have about cataracts.

**Lines open between 8.30am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.45am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday [local rate, although costs from mobile will vary]. Calls may be recorded for training purposes.

Looking for signs of diabetes

Diabetes can affect the blood vessels in the eye where high blood sugar levels can cause damage to retinal cells. Over time, the blood vessels can become blocked. An eye check can show up the early signs of diabetes, sometimes before you are aware of any other symptoms.

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it's really important to continue to look after your eye health.

Optometrist Victoria O'Connor says:

"There are lots of things that you can do to help manage your diabetes, for example, stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a good weight, getting your feet checked regularly and keeping fit and active. When you've got a condition such as diabetes and you can actively manage it, then you can still live life to the full. Regular eye checks are a really important part of your routine."

You can request an appointment for an eye check by calling 0345 125 3752* or using our online request form. You can find your local Boots Opticians practice here. Your Optometrist will be able to answer questions you have about diabetes and your eye health.

Boots has lots of useful lifestyle and diet information both in store and online to help you manage living with diabetes. You can also visit the online diabetes shop to find out more about the different products available to you.

*Lines open between 8.30am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.45am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday [local rate, although costs from mobile will vary]. Calls may be recorded for training purposes.

What is glaucoma?

Your optic nerve carries information from the light-sensitive surface inside your eye (retina) to the brain enabling you to see that information as a picture. When glaucoma develops, the optic nerve is damaged by a build up of pressure in the eye which, if untreated, can lead to blindness.

Boots Opticians Optometrist Victoria O'Connor says:

"Glaucoma usually develops slowly; the good news is that, if picked up quickly, we can work with you to help you manage your condition from an early stage. This is where an eye check can help: there are usually no noticeable symptoms in the early stages, but Boots Opticians use three or four different checks as part of our eye check to look for the tell-tale signs at the back of the eye."

You can request an appointment for an eye check by calling 0345 125 3752* or using our online request form. You can find your local Boots Opticians practice here. Your Optometrist will be able to answer any questions you have about glaucoma.

*Lines open between 8.30am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.45am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday [local rate, although costs from mobile will vary]. Calls may be recorded for training purposes.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a disorder that affects the part of the retina that controls your central vision, known as the macula. It causes progressive loss of central and detailed vision. When macular degeneration occurs it makes it difficult to see fine details so it could become difficult to recognise faces, read or watch television. The most common form is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which, as the name suggests, affects you as you get older.

Boots Optometrist Victoria O'Connor says:

"Being diagnosed with AMD can be an anxious time, but there are some positive actions we can help you take to use the rest of your vision to its greacheck potential. As well as being able to talk you through your concerns and answer any questions, there is lifestyle advice we can give as well as some products that we can suggest that may help, including magnifying lenses and intensive reading lights."

You can request an appointment for an eye check by calling 0345 125 3752* or using our online request form. You can find your local Boots Opticians practice here. Your Optometrist will be able to answer any questions you have about macular degeneration.

*Lines open between 8.30am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.45am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday [local rate, although costs from mobile will vary]. Calls may be recorded for training purposes.

What are flashes and floaters

Flashes are 'flashes' of light in front of your eyes whereas floaters are dark spots, or strands, that appear to float in front of your eyes. Floaters occur when strands of collagen contained within the vitreous humour (the jelly like substance at the back of the eye) become visible, causing shadows to swirl in front of your eye when it moves. Flashes occur when there is a pull on your retina, which can occur when the vitreous humour changes in consistency from jelly to liquid.

Boots Optometrist Victoria O'Connor says:

"Both flashes and floaters can be very common and usually appear as your vision changes over time. However, there can be more serious reasons for experiencing them, so if you suddenly notice the appearance of flashes and/or floaters or are unsure, then come and seek the advice of your optician."

You can request an appointment for an eye check by calling 0345 125 3752* or using our online request form. You can find your local Boots Opticians practice here. Your local Boots Opticians team is here to answer any questions you have about flashes and floaters.

*Lines open between 8.30am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.45am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday [local rate, although costs from mobile will vary]. Calls may be recorded for training purposes.

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