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There should be compulsory eye tests for over 50's


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who hold a driving licence. They should be tested every 5 years till they are 60 and then ever 2 years till 70. Then ever year.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249550/Almost-6-000-drivers-licences-torn-SEE-road-properly.html

How many do you see with their face pushed right up to the windscreen.

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oresome

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A friend visited a high street optician for replacement glasses and was duly tested and prescribed.

She was still having difficulty with her sight, so went back and was seen by a second examiner and a new prescription and glasses made.

Still having difficulty with her sight, she got her money back and went to another high street optician. He couldn't fathom how the previous two had arrived at their prescriptions and duly produced a third and glasses to match.

Still having problems with her sight she returned again and was eventually referred to the NHS.

On seeing the NHS specialist after several weeks wait, she was immediately diagnosed as having cateracts in both eyes.

So that's three examinations by high street opticians and all failed to diagnose the problem.

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Chronos the 2nd

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oresome

My partner had exactly the same experience but with just two of the biggest names on the high street, I threatened all sorts of legal action and eventually I,or rather my partner, received a rather half hearted apology,until that is I threatened them with the papers when their attitude totally changed and paid for a rather nice holiday for two following my better half's cataract treatment.

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Quickbeam

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In defence of opticians, two years ago my niece at 40 was given a note after a routine eye test to be taken to the doctors immediately, with instructions for it to be read immediately, she was then referred immediately to a neuro surgeon who diagnosed large brain AVM.

Within a week she was receiving gamma knife treatment that the surgeon reconed she would not have made another month without.

All this was from the opticians detection of something different than expected during an examination of the eye.

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Bing.alau

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flycatcher1. Sorry to confess this... but I was a little bit out with my age. I will not reach 83 until march next year. It's just that I feel nearer 83 than I do to 82, if you know what I mean. So it looks like you just pip me by a little bit.

Thanks for the New Year Wishes and hope you also have a wonderful Prosperous New Year. This is also meant for any member of the forum of course and also for all the staff at PC Advisor Towers...

Back to the wearing of specs. I have a sister-in-law who is now 79 and she has never worn glasses in her life. She reads the paper and books with no problem. Then again when I lived in Singapore why is it/was it, that all the Chinese School children wore glasses?? Is it hereditary? I suppose it must be something in the genes.

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TopCat®

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My recent eye test resulted in a new prescription, which I expected, and the fact that I was developing cataracts in both eyes; this revelation was definitely not expected! Not bad enough to affect my driving visibility yet, otherwise the optician would be legally obliged to report my condition to the DVLA, or so he told me. If true then I think this is a very good requirement.

During my research on vision problems I came across this subject video that may be of interest to some of us here. TC.

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wee eddie

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In Scotland we are entitled to a Free Eye Test, each year

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Chronos the 2nd

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TopCat®

Cheers for that as at my last eye test I was diagnosed with the beginnings of cataracts and I had completely forgotten about it until now.

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March Hare

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TC - Thanks for the link you provided; as someone with developing cataracts in both eyes I found it most interesting and informative.

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spuds

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I use the cheap reading glasses that are available at most chemist and similar stores, basically for reading small print and nothing else.

When I worked for the police, we had eye tests about every 1/2 years, and could claim for prescription 'safety' spectacles. Had a pair of 'safety' bi-focals and also reading glasses made up and just couldn't get on with them, so they were never used. I suspect the optician had not done a proper job on the required prescription. A few years later while in Asda, had a check done by their on-site optician. He asked that I call back the next day for a further test, because he wanted further equipment. Verdict, carry on using the cheap reading glasses!.

Must put it in the diary for 2013: Have eyes tested!.

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Bing.alau

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wee eddie. I think in England you only get free eye tests when you reach retirement age. Maybe the Scots will lose things like that when they get independence.

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