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An optometrist or ophthalmologist can find problems or an eye condition before you have symptoms or before it gets worse. It is recommended that you have an eye test every two years or more often if you are over 40, have diabetes or a family background of diabetes, have a learning disability or come from a family with a history of eye disease. If you keep an eye on your eyes they’ll stay healthy and bright. There also some online tests you can do before you call up the doc!

Which part of your body lets you watch your favorite movie, read the latest best seller or see your future spouse for the first time? Your eyes of course. This remarkable body part makes tears to protect itself and has muscles that are always adjusting to let you focus on things, like a camera. Your eyes are always working and taking in information. They receive pictures, colors and movement to help you register these things in your brain so it knows what to do next and is aware of your environment. That’s why they are called the windows to our world and the windows of our soul. This is also why it is so important to look after them.

Good general health plays a key role in good eye health. 

What happens when something goes wrong with your eyes? Glaucoma, macular degeneration, blindness….vision problems that are left undetected and untreated may lead to even more serious eye conditions. Early detection is paramount to minimizing vision loss. Eyes very rarely hurt when we start to have problems with them so we can get a little neglectful of them at times. Vision problems can happen at any stage of life but the likelihood of problems grows with age.

Other vision problems of note are cataracts, keratoconus, eye allergies, HIV related infection, dry eye, conjunctivitis or pink eye, a detached or torn retina, diabetic retinopathy, floaters. Some symptoms you may find from having eye problems are:

  • Hazy vision in bright light OR at night time
  • Blinding, uncomfortable glare from automobile headlights or bright sunlight
  • An abrupt onset of flashing lights with floaters (detached retina)
  • A need for brighter light for reading
  • Colors appearing faded or yellowed
  • Blurry vision can occur at any distance (Astigmatism)
  • Blurred vision that's worse when you are looking at distant objects suggests (myopia or nearsightedness)
  • Blurred vision that's present when you are looking at near objects (hyperopic or farsightedness)
  • Double or triple vision (overlapping images) in one eye only
  • A milky white or opaque appearance to the normally dark pupil (cataracts)
  • Painful inflammation and pressure within the eye
  • Eyes not coordinated in their movement (Squint or cross eye)
  • Difficulty distinguishing shades or intensity of color (color blindness)

Good general health plays a key role in good eye health. Things to be aware of that can help you promote good health for your peepers are getting enough nutrients from healthy foods (omega 3, lutein, Vitamin E, Zinc and Vitamin C are linked to good eye health), quitting smoking, using good eyewear including safety glasses and sunglasses, having regular eye check-ups and getting up from your computer screen if you are staring at it for long periods of time.

The Vision Test at Home:-

Having an eye test is not just to tell you if you need glasses, it is also very important for the monitoring the health of your eyes. An online test such as the ones seen on websites like www.essilor.com test for a range of problems such as myopia, astigmatism, far and near vision or the Ishihara test which tests for daltonism, which is the poor perception of colors. 



The saying “you only get one pair of eyes” is quite true, so make sure you take care of them. Vision deficiency can vary in people from mild to severe depending on the cause. Although color deficiency is usually an inherited condition, it can also be related to a number of other causes such as diabetes, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. If you are unable to distinguish certain shades of colors or have difficulty reading, then it’s time to have a vision test either at home or at your local opticians. There are a number of products on the market to test your vision along with lots of useful information. Here is a brief run down on some of the tests available as well as helpful resources and links.


The internet can sometimes be a mine field of information, so much so that you may have difficulty in choosing the right product. Check out the following list using different platforms to have you monitor your vision levels.

Home Tests – vision home test kits can be bought online. They are easy to use and will help you to identify shapes, objects and colors. Suitable for adults and children, the test kits tick all the right boxes. For more advice read this link here

Physician Tests – if you’re having trouble with your vision, it’s advisable to visit a physician or health professional. They can provide the relevant tests to help you with your problem. Find out more by reading here

Resources and Links

Eye disorders: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov


Prevent Blindness America: www.visionproblemsus.org

Aging population: American Foundation for the Blind:www.afb.org

Nutrition for the Eyes: All About Vision: www.allaboutvision.com