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Vision: Just the Facts

Did you know it's just as important to look after your eyes as it is your teeth

You and your vision

The NHS recommends that you get your eyes checked once every two years? It’s important to go for regular tests to check for any vision problems or abnormalities. If you’re under the age of 18 and in full time education, you can get free eye tests.

How can I tell if I have problems with my eyes?

If you have any of the problems below, these could be signs that you need an eye test

  • Blinking a lot
  • Rubbing your eyes a lot
  • Holding objects very close to your face
  • Watery eyes
  • Having difficulties walking around in dark places, like the cinema
  • Struggling to see the classroom board from a distance or struggling to read books close up
  • Difficulties looking at TV and electronic devices
  • Complaining of headaches

Ask your parent/carer or book yourself into a local opticians for a routine screening.

What happens at an eye test?

The people who carry out eye tests are called ophthalmologists. During an eye test an ophthalmologist will carry out several routine tests to test your eyes for colour, vision and medical conditions like squints and glaucoma. Eye tests don’t hurt. You need to read some letters off a board and may be be asked to look at some colours and patterns.

You’ll then get a prescription for glasses if you need them, and you can try lots of different styles in the store. Sometimes you may be referred to the hospital for further tests if they think you need it.

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your Public Health Nurse (School Nurse).

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Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.