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When Did You Last Have Your Eyes Tested?

Take a moment to ask yourself, when did you last have your eyes tested?

Your answer may surprise you!

When did you last have your eyes tested?

If you’re unsure of when you last had your eyes tested, you should ring your optician to find out when your next sight test is due.

If your answer is ‘over two years ago’, then you should also ring your optician to book a sight test.

Moreover, if your answer is ‘never’, then you should definitely book a sight test with your local optician!

There’s nothing to be nervous about – it’s better late than never!

What is a sight test?

A sight test is an essential check-up for your eyes.

By having a regular sight test, your optician will be able to monitor and identify any changes to your eyesight and eye health.

It’s important to have a sight test even if your eyes seem fine.

Most importantly, the more you tell the optician, the better their advice and the more accurate your prescription will be.

How often should I have a sight test?

You should have a sight test every two years unless your optician recommends otherwise.

Factors such as your age, ethnicity and family history of eye health will affect how often you have your eyes tested.

Will a sight test hurt?

Having a sight test doesn’t physically hurt.

It’s common to feel visual discomfort as you readjust to light after the sight test is complete.

Book a sight test with your optician today!

You may put off visiting your optician for a number of reasons, such as your eyes seem fine or they don’t hurt, your glasses do the job or you have too much on.

While naturally, we don’t want to hear that something’s wrong, a sight test helps to diagnose eye conditions early.

The earlier an eye condition is caught, the sooner treatment can begin!

However, this is only possible if you have a regular sight test.

If you have any concerns about your eye health or pain between your sight tests, you should speak to your optician.

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Is A Sight Test Painful?

Going for your first sight test can be unnerving if you don’t know what to expect, including whether a sight test is painful.

So, we’re going to answer this question to help relieve your fears!

You may have heard stories about different eye drops or procedures, and you don’t want any of that. 

As a result, you never have a sight test.

So, is a sight test painful?

The good news is that a sight test is not painful.

It’s common for your eyes to take a few moments to readjust once the lights in the room come back on.

You’ll likely see dark patches in your vision while your eyes readjust.

However, your vision should return to normal once you leave the consultation room.

If you have concerns about your eyesight during or after your sight test, you should tell the optician.

Eye pressure test

The eye pressure test is sometimes known as ‘the glaucoma test’.

Usually, the test involves blowing a puff of air on your eye – this is known as non-contact tonometry.

This test does not hurt, but it may tickle or make you jump.

Will the optician touch my eye?

The optician won’t touch your eye with his or her finger or equipment (with exception to contact tonometry which isn’t common).

Despite this, your optician can identify whether or not you need glasses and monitor your eye health.

Equipment such as a slit lamp will help your optician look into your eye to see your retina and optic nerve.

Having a regular sight test can help to identify both general health and eye conditions such as diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration.

So, now that we’ve established that a sight test isn’t painful, you should book a sight test with your local optician today!

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Where Are Visioncall Based

If you’re considering using our person-centred eye care service, you may wonder where we are based.

Visioncall has 10 practices across the UK: Bristol, Essex, Hampshire, Midlands, North East, North West, Scotland, Southern, Wales and Yorkshire.

Visioncall’s local teams deliver person-centred care

Our local teams help us to ensure that we have a close relationship with our care partners and their residents.

Some residents will be able to enjoy the benefit of consistent care with a familiar optometrist.

Along with the soft skills of our optometrists, this can help to put a person at ease.

As a result, the person is more likely to undergo a subjective or objective sight test.

So, from the sight test to delivering your glasses, your local Visioncall practice is here for you!

Our services across the UK

We are one of the leading eye care providers to the care home sector across the UK for over 25 years.

Whether you’re a big or small home, we strive to help others to see better and live better.

Visioncall believes that better sight can help to maintain or improve a person’s quality of life.

Enhanced vision can help to reduce a person’s risk of falls and encourage participation in the world around them.

Contact your local Visioncall practice

If you would like to become one of our care partners or have a query, please contact your local Visioncall practice.

You can find details of your local Visioncall practice here.

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Caring For Your Eyes, Eye Care

This National Eye Health Week, Visioncall want to make it as easy as possible to help you care for your eyes.

Actively looking after our eyes can help us to see better and live better for longer.

So, we’ve put all of our resources in one place… here!

Eye health and common eye conditions

Age, lifestyle and family history can affect your eye health.

Poor eye health can increase your risk of developing a common eye condition.

Such conditions include age-related macular degenerationcataractsglaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Usually, the symptoms of eye conditions are difficult to notice until sight loss occurs.

If you or your loved one are living with sight loss, RNIB‘s sight loss support service may be helpful.

That’s why it’s important to have a sight test to identify underlying eye conditions as early as possible.

The benefits of a sight test

sight test is an essential health check that monitors your eyesight and eye health.

It provides you with an up-to-date eye care recommendation that can help you care for your eyes.

Your prescription may or may not change, and you may need glasses for the first time or to update your existing pair.

Glasses can help you achieve better vision and enable you to see the world around you more clearly.

We should think of glasses as a tool to help our body, similar to how someone might use a crutch to help them walk.

It’s important to have a regular sight test to help address any eye health issues before a condition progresses.

Are you unsure how often you should have a sight test? You can find out more information here.

Maintain your eye health with daily eye care

Our daily eye care guide can help you look after your eyes between visits to the optician.

These tips and tricks can help you know which lifestyle changes can help improve your eye health.

Part of good eye care is wearing the correct glasses for relevant tasks so a person can see better.

Enhanced vision can help improve a person’s confidence, maintain independence and reduce their risk of falls.

From eating well to protecting your eyes against UV light, find out how else our eye care guide can help you care for your eyes today!

You can also find some delicious and healthy recipes from National Eye Health Week here.

Visioncall’s service can help care for your eyes

Visioncall provides a person-centred eye care service to those who are unable to visit the high street unaccompanied.

We carry out a sight test in the comfort of a person’s home and we make sure that their eye care fulfils their individual needs.

Visioncall’s empathetic optometrists have a speciality in delivering an alternative sight test for people living with dementia.

Our optometrists use their soft skills to help ease any anxiety and enable the person to undergo a sight test.

Following the sight test, we provide bespoke eye care planning tools for each person we see.

We also have a range of partnership benefits for our care home partners, including dementia-friendly signage.

Our exclusive range of Visioncall signage can help ease orientation for people living with sight loss or cognitive impairment.

To find out more information about how Visioncall can help care for your residents’ eyes, visit our FAQs or contact your local practice today!

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How Often Should I Have My Eyes Tested, Eye Test

It’s essential to have a sight test – but it’s also vital to know how often you should have a sight test.

Did you know that while sight is the sense that most of us would least like to lose, we visit the dentist more than the optician?

How often should I have a sight test?

You should have a sight test every two years, as advised by your optician.

This is also known as having a regular sight test.

However, depending on your eye health risk factors, your optician may recommend having a sight test more frequently than every two years.

Your risk factors include:

⚫️ Age – as our eyesight and eye health naturally deteriorate with age, we become more likely to develop an eye condition.

⚫️ Family history – as your background may increase your risk of developing certain eye conditions or hereditary eye condition.

⚫️ Lifestyle – as your eye health can be affected by your diet and smoking or drinking amongst a few other things.

As a result, if you’re over 65, your optician should advise that you have a yearly sight test.

A regular sight test is beneficial to help diagnose an eye health condition as early as possible.

Such eye conditions may include cataractsglaucomaage-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

You can help to look after your eyes between visits to the optician with Visioncall’s daily eye care guide.

What should I do if I notice a change in my eyesight?

If you experience new symptoms or notice a change in your vision, you should visit your local optician.

For instance, visual disturbances, eye strain, squinting and dry eyes are common visual changes which may require a new prescription.

Your eyesight can change regardless of whether or not you currently wear glasses.

However, if you experience redness or pain in your eye you should make an urgent appointment with your optician.

Where can I get my eyes tested?

If you’re able to visit the high street optician, you should book a sight test with your local optician.

However, remember to attend your appointment!

You can search for your local optician here if you live in England, or here if you live in Scotland.

Am I eligible for a free NHS sight test?

You can check if you’re eligible for a free NHS sight test here across England, Scotland and Wales.

To find out if you’re eligible for an NHS free sight test in England, click here.

To find out if you’re eligible for an NHS free sight test in Wales, click here.

In Scotland, everyone is eligible for a free NHS sight test.

You can also check your eligibility for a free NHS mobile sight test across the UK here.

Visioncall’s eye care service

Visioncall specialises in delivering mobile sight tests, especially within the care home sector.

Our person-centred eye care service can help those who need it most to see better and live better.

A sight test and eye care can help to maintain a person’s independence and also reduce their risk of falls.

So, if your loved one could benefit from a home sight test, contact your local Visioncall practice today!

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information, answering questions, thoughts

If you have a question about Visioncall, here are some of our frequently asked questions.

What does Visioncall do?

Visioncall is a UK-wide qualified mobile optician helping people to see better and live better.

We deliver person-centred eye care to those who are unable to attend the high street unaccompanied.

Our care partners are largely residential.

Am I eligible for a free NHS sight test?

You can check your entitlement for NHS optical services here.

Your eligibility for a free NHS sight test varies across England, Scotland and Wales.

How do you perform a sight test?

Visioncall’s home sight test is the same as a high street optician, except we test in the comfort of your own home.

During the sight test, we check your prescription and eye health using mobile equipment.

Our optometrists are able to offer a suitable test to everyone we help, regardless of communicative ability.

Visioncall makes use of subjective and objective testing methods to help make sure everyone receives an accurate and appropriate prescription.

You can find out more about what to expect during a Visioncall sight test here.

Can you test the eyes of someone living with dementia?

Visioncall’s optometrists undergo dementia sensitivity training to ensure we can communicate and engage with every person we help.

Being able to communicate appropriately helps to ease anxiety and enable them to have a sight test.

Is it important to test the sight of someone living with dementia?

As sight is a key sense, it’s vital for everyone to have a regular sight test, whether you’re living with dementia or otherwise.

Better sight helps us to interpret the world around us and safely navigate our surroundings.

This is especially important for someone living with dementia, who may experience disorientation as the condition damages the part of the brain the controls memory recall.

Can I choose my frames with Visioncall?

Visioncall offers a wide range of frames following your sight test.

You can view our range of frames here.

As we learn more about you with our eye care planning tools, our dispensers can also help you choose a frame during our visit.

If you currently have a pair of our glasses, you can identify your glasses and their purpose with Visioncall’s engraving or our Eyewear Reminder.

How will you deliver my glasses to me?

Visioncall will personally deliver your glasses to you.

We’ll make sure that your glasses feel comfortable on your face and make any adjustments before we leave your home.

How can I book a Visioncall sight test?

To request a sight test, please contact your local Visioncall practice.

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diabetic retinopathy

As part of our ‘in focus’ series, we’re going to explore another common eye condition, diabetic retinopathy.

Our ‘in focus’ series includes age-related macular degenerationglaucoma and cataract.

Did you know that diabetic retinopathy can affect anyone who has type 1 or 2 diabetes?

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a type of diabetic eye disease.

The condition is the result of a complication of diabetes that affects the eye.

It can affect anyone who has diabetes, whether they’re being treated with insulin, tablets or diet only. It’s the most common form of diabetic eye disease.

The condition occurs when blood pressure and blood sugar levels are always high.

This can cause a blockage, leakage or haphazardous growth of small blood vessels in the retina.

Damage to these blood vessels can affect how your retina receives what you see.

How does the condition affect vision?

The damage to the blood vessels in the retina can cause black spots or gaps in your vision.

As the condition progresses, it can become difficult to carry out daily activities and it may even reduce a person’s independence.

However, it’s possible to maintain your vision with good eye care and

If diabetic retinopathy is left untreated it can cause permanent damage to your vision.

Unfortunately, diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss as there aren’t any obvious symptoms until the condition advances.

Reduce your risk of diabetic retinopathy

You can help reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy whether or not you have diabetes.

We advise making a few lifestyle changes as well as caring for your eyes between your regular sight tests (or diabetic screening).

By taking care of your general health, you can help to control your diabetes or reduce your risk of developing it.

It’s as simple as having a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

You can also further benefit your health by keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.

These lifestyle changes can be beneficial for everyone.

Naturally, by reducing the risk of diabetes, it also decreases the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Diagnosing the condition

If you have diabetes, it’s crucial to attend your diabetic screening as the earlier the condition it caught, the more effective the treatment.

However, it’s important to also continue attending your regular sight test to monitor your eye health and prescription.

If you’re concerned about your vision, make an appointment with your local optician.

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age-related macular degeneration, visual distortion, blurry vision

To continue our ‘in focus’ series we turn our attention to age-related macular degeneration.

Our ‘in focus’ series includes glaucomacataract and diabetic retinopathy.

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration doesn’t affect your peripheral vision?

What is age-related macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that affects a part of the retina called the macula.

While there are different forms of macular conditions, age-related macular degeneration is the most common.

How does AMD affect vision?

Age-related macular degeneration impairs your central vision so you may notice the symptoms when looking straight ahead.

The condition can cause visual distortions, dark spots, gaps or blurry vision.

It’s also common for straight lines to appear wavey – you can use the Amsler Grid to check this.

As the condition progresses it can become difficult to see clearly.

You might notice words missing as you read, straight lines or doorways looking bent or objects in front of you changing shape or colour.

The visual disruptions can make it a struggle to complete daily tasks like eating, watching TV and driving.

The good news is that because AMD only affects central vision, it’s unlikely that you’ll lose all of your sight as peripheral vision usually remains.

Although you can’t recover any sight loss, daily eye care can help to prevent falls and maintain independence within the home.

Signage can also be beneficial to help a person safely navigate their surroundings.

What are the two types of the condition?

Wet and dry are the two types of age-related macular degeneration.

Both of these names reflect what an optometrist can see inside your eye when examining it.

It’s not because your eyes are watery or dry!

Dry AMD develops slowly and gradually affects your vision, whereas wet AMD develops quickly and can damage your vision within a short period.

Neither types of the condition cause pain or alter the appearance of your eye.

That’s why a sight test is important to help diagnose the condition as you may not always notice the symptoms.

Diagnosing age-related macular degeneration

Until recently, most people with AMD were unaware they had it until their sight was affected.

Nowadays, optometrists can use sophisticated eye scanning machines to help diagnose early AMD.

Diagnosing AMD early is important as treatment’s only effective before the condition causes sight loss.

It’s important to remember that your genes may increase your risk of AMD.

That’s why it’s vital to attend your regular sight test to help preserve your vision.

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cataracts, cloudy vision, unclear vision

We’re answering that all-important question “what is a cataract?” as part of our ‘in focus’ series.

Our ‘in focus’ series covers glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

Did you know that an estimated 30% of people aged 65+ have a visually impairing cataract in one or both eyes?

What is a cataract?

A cataract is an eye condition where the lens in our eyes becomes cloudy and affects how light enters the eye.

This condition forms inside the eye, rather than over it. It’s a common misconception that a cataract forms over or outside the eye.

A cataract can develop in either one or both of your eyes as part of the natural ageing of the eye.

As cataracts develop gradually, it means that any changes to your vision may not always be noticeable.

That’s why it’s important to attend your regular sight test to help diagnose or monitor the condition.

How can cataracts affect vision?

Cataracts can affect your vision and cause sight loss as the condition progresses.

As the condition causes cloudy, blurry or even misty vision, it can be difficult to see detail in the world around us.

It may become harder to carry out daily activities such as driving or even recognising faces.

The condition may also cause fading of colours, difficulty seeing in dim lit conditions and finding bright lights dazzling.

However, in a lot of cases vision can benefit from simply prescribing and wearing the correct glasses.

If you currently wear glasses, it may often seem like your glasses are dirty even when they’re clean.

Can the eye condition be treated?

If your cataract is severe and restricts your daily life, your optician may refer you for cataract surgery to treat the condition.

There’s no need to worry because the operation is a quick and routine procedure.

In fact, the surgery is usually offered as an outpatient appointment.

After surgeons remove the cloudy lens, they will insert a plastic or silicone lens.

The artificial lens is designed to not need replacing for the rest of your life.

Of course, with any surgery there are risks. However, cataract surgery is one of the most common operations in the UK and is highly successful.

Whether you wear glasses to ease your symptoms or need surgery, it’s possible to see better and live better with cataracts.

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Visioncall's Empathetic Optometrist

Visioncall’s empathetic optometrists help those most in need of care to see better and live better.

Our optometrists use their soft skills and take the time to make sure we deliver person-centred care.

All of our optometrists receive training to help them engage with verbal and non-verbal individuals.

Visioncall’s understanding team

Our office team and dispensers work tirelessly with our optometrists to deliver our eye care solution.

We do this because sight loss and eye conditions don’t discriminate and neither do we.

It’s vital that everyone has a regular sight test to spot changes in prescription and identify or monitor any eye conditions.

Being able to understand a person helps to put them at ease, enabling them to undergo the essential sight test that they need.

We understand that most of the people we help are unable to pop down to the high street to visit the optician.

This is why we take the optician to them!

We take the time to understand

Visioncall’s empathetic optometrists and dispensers take the time to understand a person’s needs and preferences.

We use our eye care planning tools to help us achieve this.

A one-on-one engagement can help to ease an individual during their sight test as well as when browsing our frame range.

These conversations are key to informing a necessary and appropriate eye care recommendation for each person we help.

Our eye care recommendation is relevant as it helps a person know what tasks they should wear their glasses for.

A suitable sight test

Our optometrists often make use a subjective sight test (the one with a letter chart).

You’ll probably be familiar with it since this is the testing method we’re most likely to have.

However, if a person can’t respond to subjective testing due to agitation or communication difficulties, our optometrists understand.

Our experienced optometrists determine how suitable the letter chart is for each person.

Some people are able to better respond to a number or picture chart than a letter chart.

Visioncall were able to develop a high-resolution and universal picture chart using Kay’s picture cards to enable sight tests for more people.

However, an optometrist should also be able to offer a sight test for non-communicative individuals.

Visioncall’s optometrists can carry out an objective sight test if subjective testing isn’t suitable for a person.

Since objecting testing doesn’t require a verbal response, it’s ideal for anyone who finds it difficult to communicate.

This helps to ensure that everyone can undergo a sight test to receive an accurate prescription and an eye health check.

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