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Because our eyesight changes as we get older, almost all of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses by the time we’re 65.
If you have regular eye tests, wear the right lenses and look after your eyes, there’s a better chance your sight will remain clear.
An eye test is not just good for checking whether your glasses are up to date. It’s also a vital check on the health of your eyes. An eye test can pick up eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, as well as general health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure .
Your optometrist will be able to advise you as to how often you need to be seen.
If you can’t leave your home because of illness or disability, you can have an eye test at home. Contact your usual optician to find out if they can visit you at home.
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An eye test will establish whether you need a different prescription for your glasses or contact lenses.
It’s important to wear the correct prescription lenses. This will improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of accidents such as falls.
As well as having regular eye tests and wearing the correct glasses, you can do several things to keep your eyes as healthy as possible:
As you get older, you become more likely to get certain eye problems:
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.