Windows of Health
It is said that “eyes are windows to the soul” but did you know that they are also windows for an optometrist to detect health problems throughout the body and not only related to eye health. Many health conditions often begin with little or no symptoms, yet they can be picked up in a routine eye exam, along with early signs of eye problems, many of which can be treated if found early enough. These conditions include diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, certain types of cancers, neurological disorders and many more.
Wilson Wilson and Hancock ophthalmic opticians have provided quality eye care across Sussex for over 70 years and are proud to offer thorough, unhurried eye tests using the very latest technology, such as the Optomap retinal scanner, which can capture up to 80% of the retina in one panoramic image. An eye examination usually takes around 30 to 40 minutes. The optometrist will ask you about any changes or problems you are having with your vision or current spectacles, your general health, any family history of eye problems, and about your lifestyle requirements. Your vision at distance and near is assessed, your eye movements and co-ordination are checked, your eye health (external and internal) is examined and tests to rule out glaucoma and to assess if you need new glasses or contact lenses are carried out.
How you can take care of your eyes between tests:
• Stop smoking
• Eat a diet that is rich in leafy greens and coloured fruit and vegetables
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Be aware of your vision in each eye separately
• Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
Good vision is also essential in childhood development, and regular eye examinations are the key to good vision. Research has shown that one in five school children have an undetected eye problem. As 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, many children cannot see well enough to reach their full potential or enjoy everyday childhood activities as much as they could.
A child may not realise that their vision is not clear – they assume that the way they see is normal. Therefore, regular eye examinations are advised for all children from the age of 4 (or sooner if any problems are suspected) to 16 and at least once a year.
As an independent optician, Wilson Wilson and Hancock are free to select the best products from any manufacturer, which means that, following your eye exam you’ll find a wide choice of frames, including leading designer brands, spectacle lenses and contact lenses. Contact your local branch in Hastings, Lewes, Rye and Tenterden or visit their website for further information.
Tel: 01424 421717