Eye Check

If you have any of the following symptoms you should go to your GP or optician, you:

  • Find that your vision has become blurry
  • Find it unusually difficult to adjust to dark rooms.
  • Experience eyestrain.
  • Have frequent headaches.
  • See spots floating in your vision.
  • Find it difficult to focus on near or distant objects.
  • Find your vision is slow to adjust when looking at a different distance.
  • See words appear jumbled up on the page or you lose your place a lot.
  • Find it difficult to see at night.
  • Squint or blink a lot because you experience unusual sensitivity to light or glare.
  • See a change in the colour of your iris.
  • Have red-rimmed, encrusted or swollen lids.
  • Have frequent pain in or around your eyes.
  • Have double vision.
  • See a dark spot at the centre of your vision.
  • Find that lines and edges appear distorted or wavy.
  • Have excess tearing or ‘watery eyes’.
  • Have dry eyes with itching or burning.
  • See spots or ghost-like images.

Serious problems to watch for

If you experience any of the following they may be signs of serious problems and you may need emergency medical attention.

  • Sudden loss of vision in one eye.
  • Sudden hazy or blurred vision.
  • Flashes of light or black spots.
  • Halos or rainbows around light.
  • Curtain-like blotting out of vision.
  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision.

Get your eyes checked regularly

If you have any signs of potential eye problems, you should go to your GP or optician for a complete eye exam. Even if you have no symptoms, you should have your eyes checked regularly, particularly if you have a chronic health condition like diabetes or high blood pressure. Early detection and treatment can be the key to preventing sight loss.

Does an eye test hurt?

A routine examination does not hurt at all. The examining lights can be bright, but these are only for a few moments.

If you need a medicated eye drop (for example, an anaesthetic for measuring eye pressure, or dilating drops), these sting a little bit for about 30 seconds.