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The Impact of the Pandemic on Eye Health

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The pandemic has affected everyone in some way and, as life continues to return to normality, it’s important that everyone puts their health and wellbeing first.

Accessing the right eye care services

Research by Deloitte revealed that referrals for those with suspected eye diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration fell by thousands during 2020, and in most cases this was down to a reluctance of patients to visit their optician, as well as patients who were potentially shielding or vulnerable.

Many eye conditions have no symptoms until it’s too late, which is why regular eye examinations are so important. What’s more, attending non-routine appointments for treatment is crucial in order to prevent avoidable sight loss. Follow-up treatments for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and more are vital to ensure your vision and eye health remains as clear and healthy as possible.

If you’ve missed an eye appointment

If you are overdue for an eye appointment, or you’ve noticed a change in your vision, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local optician to arrange an appointment.

Lockdown triggered a huge increase in the use of digital screens, which has presented new vision challenges like computer vision syndrome or eye strain. With many people now continuing to work from home and using laptops and smartphones, being aware of your vision and eye health has never been more important.

Learn about your eye health

Understanding the signs and symptoms of common eye conditions can be instrumental in noticing any changes and being aware of anything unusual. Similarly, if you do begin to notice that your eyesight is getting worse, it can be helpful to understand why this might be happening,

Many Essilor partner opticians have access to the latest technology to identify and diagnose eye conditions even in their earliest stages, which could be life-changing and sight-saving. So, if you’re due an eye appointment or something doesn’t seem quite right, get in touch with your local optician today.

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