Is your vision going? How to identify bad eyesight

Some 20 million Brits are risking avoidable sight loss because they do not take regular eye tests, according to charity the Eyecare Trust. Despite medical wisdom advising that everybody takes an eye exam at least once every two years, and once a year for over-70s and children under nine, one in ten adults in Britain have never had an eye test, the Trust has warned. Vision loss can be an indicator of many conditions, some of which are temporary and others permanent. Although changes to our eyesight may seem easy to detect, the symptoms are often so gradual that we do not notice them until they become severe. There are a few warning signs to watch out for: Holding books or magazines closer to your face to read, or needing to move closer to the television Difficulty in recognising people’s faces Having trouble walking on bumpy surfaces Brushing against walls while walking Needing brighter lighting to carry out everyday tasks Difficulty distinguishing colours If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to have an eye test as soon as possible. Although vision loss is commonly considered a natural part of getting older, this is not entirely true: it’s more accurate to say that there are a variety of eye conditions that become more common in your later years. Many are treatable if they are discovered early. Age-related...

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