Headaches? Difficulty concentrating? These could be signs that you need to go for an eye test.
Or perhaps you suspect a loved one may need to get their eyes tested. Here’s how to know when it’s time to make the call and a list of signs and symptoms to look out for.
From mid-September until mid-October, the South African government has declared this period: Eye Care Awareness Month. This year’s event kicks off on 21 September to raise awareness about the importance of eye health, specifically around prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness. According to the SA government, 75% of all cases of blindness are avoidable, which is why they recommend getting your eyes tested once a year.
If you don’t test regularly and you’re not sure what to look out for in terms of signs or symptoms, we have created a handy checklist for you below. If an elderly person in your family or a child may be experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s advisable to contact your medical doctor. Impaired vision could also be a sign of another underlying health issue or condition, so keep an eye on the below checklist:
10 Signs That You Need An Eye test
If your family has a history of eye conditions, it’s important to get tested regularly and to alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms. People with diabetes or hypertension are also at a higher risk of getting certain eye conditions. Regular eye exams are crucial to monitor for any signs of diabetic retinopathy or hypertensive retinopathy.