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If you have
any of the following symptoms you should go to your GP or optician, you:

  • Find that your vision has become blurry
  • Find it unusually difficult to adjust to dark rooms
  • Experience eyestrain
  • Have frequent headaches
  • See spots floating in your vision
  • Find it difficult to focus on near or distant objects
  • Find your vision is slow to adjust when looking at a different distance
  • See words appear jumbled up on the page or you lose your place a lot
  • Find it difficult to see at night
  • Squint or blink a lot because you experience unusual sensitivity to light or glare
  • See a change in the colour of your iris
  • Have red-rimmed, encrusted or swollen lids
  • Have frequent pain in or around your eyes
  • Have double vision
  • See a dark spot at the centre of your vision
  • Find that lines and edges appear distorted or wavy
  • Have excess tearing or 'watery eyes'
  • Have dry eyes with itching or burning
  • See spots or ghost-like images.

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Serious problems to watch for
If you experience any of the following they may be signs of serious problems and you may need emergency medical attention.

  • Sudden loss of vision in one eye
  • Sudden hazy or blurred vision
  • Flashes of light or black spots
  • Halos or rainbows around light
  • Curtain-like blotting out of vision
  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision.

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Get your eyes checked regularly
If you have any signs of potential eye problems, you should go to your GP or optician for a complete eye exam. Even if you have no symptoms, you should have your eyes checked regularly, particularly if you have a chronic health condition like diabetes or high blood pressure. Early detection and treatment can be the key to preventing sight loss.


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Does an eye test hurt?
A routine examination does not hurt at all. The examining lights can be bright, but these are only for a few moments.

If you need a medicated eye drop (for example, an anaesthetic for measuring eye pressure, or dilating drops), these sting a little bit for about 30 seconds.

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