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We’re all taking more responsibility for our health than ever before, but for many, you may also be doing this for your elderly relatives. 

While most of us know the signs to look out for with many health conditions, we understand that you might not be so familiar with eye health conditions.

While regular check-ups are being disrupted like everything else at the moment, we want to help you take care of your vision and eye health, and that of those around you who might be at higher risk of issues developing. 

These are the signs to look out for, to know when additional or urgent care may be needed.

1 – No longer enjoying their hobbies

Have they started showing less interest in activities they usually enjoy, such as reading, knitting, or watching television or do they seem to be struggling with them? 

It might be that their prescription is no longer suitable, so it’s worth checking that they can still see the things they enjoy.

2 – Showing less interest in food

If your relative seems less interested in eating, or if they regularly only eat half of their plate of food, this may be a sign that sight loss is partially clouding their vision.

3 – Increased anxiety or reluctance to socialise

If they’re usually the life and soul, or love going out for a walk, and now no longer seem keen, it may be that their vision isn’t as clear as it used to be. 

Similarly, unexplained bumps and bruises may signify that they’re struggling to see clearly and may be afraid of trips and falls.

4 – Dust and dirt on the walls

Does your relative see dust and dirt on the walls or dark marks in the sky? If you can’t see them, this may be a sign that they’re experiencing floaters. 

Floaters are generally harmless, but if they persist, can be a sign of an underlying health condition and may need to be checked out.

5 – Changes in vision

Complaining that things look blurred or misty, or that their glasses are dirty (even when they’re not) may be a sign of cataracts developing. 

Similarly, feeling that lights are too bright or that colours look faded can also indicate possible cataracts.

6 – Seeing rainbows

Glaucoma is a condition that develops gradually and is often only picked up during an eye test, but symptoms include seeing rainbow-coloured circles around bright lights or reporting blurred vision.

7 – Sudden changes or extreme symptoms

In some cases, glaucoma can come on suddenly and required urgent treatment. 

If your loved one is experiencing nausea, vomiting, a headache, red eyes or eye tenderness, you should request urgent treatment at A&E or call 111.

8 – Hallucinations and altered vision

Macular degeneration is another condition to be aware of, with symptoms including blurred vision; seeing black spots in the centre of their vision; seeing straight lines as wavy; objects appearing smaller or duller than they used to, or even experiencing hallucinations.

9 – Extreme changes in vision

If your loved one reports a ‘curtain’ or shadow moving across their vision, or if they complain of double vision, light sensitivity, distorted vision or red and painful eyes, it’s recommended to call 111 or visit A&E for urgent treatment.

If you’re concerned about a friend, relative or patient’s vision or eye health, get in touch to make an appointment.

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Family Eye Health History

When we talk about eye health, it’s essential to be aware of your family’s eye health history.

Hereditary eye conditions in your family are just one of the risk factors of developing an eye condition.

Did you know that your family’s eye health history includes your parents, siblings, aunt, uncles and children?

Which common eye conditions are hereditary?

Some of the common eye conditions (glaucomacataractsmacular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy) can be hereditary. 

However, it’s key to remember that if your family has a history of a particular eye condition, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop it.

You should attend your regular sight test to monitor your eye health.

By having a regular sight test, if you do develop an eye condition, your optician can diagnose it early on.

In doing so, it can increase the success of treatment or management of the condition, and help you to continue living an enriched life.

If you have any eye health concerns, you should speak to your optician.

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide can help maintain your eye health between visits to the optician

Glaucoma

Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the condition, and it can be hereditary.

The NHS are vigilant if there’s a family history of glaucoma as it increases your chances of developing it.

Since the symptoms of glaucoma can often be unnoticeable, only a sight test can diagnose the condition.

Consequently, NHS England offers a free NHS sight test to if you:

⚫️ Are over 40 and have a parent, sibling or child with glaucoma.

⚫️ Have been told by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of the condition.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

AMD is one of many forms of macular disease and in some cases, it can be genetic.

A family history of any macular disease increases your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration.

Similar to glaucoma, symptoms of AMD aren’t outwardly noticeable or painful, but a sight test can diagnose the condition.

Diabetic eye disease

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the eye conditions that collectively are known as diabetic eye disease, which can affect anyone with diabetes.

While diabetic eye disease isn’t necessarily hereditary, diabetes in some cases can be genetic.

If you have diabetes, you should attend your diabetic screening, as it can diagnose diabetic retinopathy.

It can also be beneficial to have a general health check to monitor conditions like diabetes.

So, by being aware of your family history, you can help care for your eyes accordingly.

As a reminder, if you have any eye health concerns, you should speak to your optician.

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