At Taank, we extend an open invitation to you to drop in for a free no-obligation chat about any eye health concerns so that we can assess whether an eye exam is required.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Around 600,000 people in the UK live with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). That number’s expected to rise to 750,000 by 2020. It’s the leading cause of blindness and vision impairment affecting older people in the western world. AMD results from damage to the macular region of the eye, the area responsible for seeing fine detail. Typically, your peripheral vision remains unaffected but objects in your central line of vision become harder to see, which impacts tasks such as reading, watching television, even recognising faces.
Cataracts develop when protein builds up in the lens of your eye. Over time, the lens becomes opaque and cloudy, and your vision increasingly blurred or misty, eventually leading to blindness. The name of this eye condition is derived from the Greek word ‘cataracti’, meaning waterfall, cataracts can look like a waterfall in its advanced stages.
Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, is usually damaged by increased fluid pressure inside your eye. Damage to the nerve can result in issues with your peripheral vision (side vision), which worsens irreversibly if left untreated. Experienced in one or both eyes, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of severe sight impairment. However, while there’s no cure, when glaucoma is detected early on it can be treated easily and effectively.
When you focus on something close up (a book, for example) the muscles around the lens of your eye contract to make the lens change shape. This helps focus light onto your retina so that you can see clearly. As you age, the flexibility of this lens decreases.
Do you have scratchy, irritated eyes? Dry eye affects one in four people in the UK, but luckily there are a range of treatments available so contact us with questions, our door is always open.
Safe screen use for eyes
Many of us worry about the impact that screens may have on our eyes. Here are a few simple tips to prevent eye strain and discomfort when using digital devices for work and play.
How often should I have my eyesight tested?
Once every two years unless advised otherwise by an optometrist.
How often should I have my child’s eyes tested?
Most children have great eyesight but it’s advisable to have your children’s eye examined once a year. This is free for children under 16 or under 18 and still in full time education.
Am I eligible for free sight tests?
If you’re a child under 16 or under 18 and in full time education, or you’re 60 or over, you’re eligible for free NHS sight exams.