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Eye tests (not retinal screening)

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by sleepster, Nov 15, 2021.

  1. sleepster

    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone, hope you're all well :)

    Disclaimer: I did a search but the word 'eye' was not liked by the search function so all the results were for 'tests' :rolleyes: Apologies if this has been asked many times already.

    Anyway I'm overdue for an eye test, like a normal eye test you have at the opticians, and I'm curious as to how often we're supposed to get our eyes tested, last time I had my retinal screening they told me that the guidance had been changed and every 2 years was sufficient, I think previously it was every year, but the NHS says

    "Your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist may recommend you have an NHS sight test more often than every 2 years if you:

    • are a child wearing glasses
    • have diabetes
    • are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
    • are aged 70 or over"
    (https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/opticians/how-often-can-i-have-a-free-nhs-eye-test/)

    Is it 2 years unless you're told otherwise by your optician or...?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My optician now recommends every 2 years for me and he's actually supposedly a very good optician (in fact I saw him in the hospital eye clinic one time I was in a for a scan), but yes it did used to be every year, and yes he mostly certainly does know I'm a T1 diabetic
     
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  3. Mrs T 123

    Mrs T 123 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I have mine yearly because "I have diabetes" I think - in fact I had it just a couple of weeks ago at Specsavers - there were no real changes since last year so I did not need new glasses as prescription was still the same as last year - they also have the OCT scan if you want it for £10 which I had - imo well worth the money as I had my very similar retinopathy scan at the hospital over a year ago and as yet no word of an appointment for this year's from nhs
     
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  4. Jo_the_boat

    Jo_the_boat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Both myself and my wife get annual reminders from Vision Express.
    We both get free tests, me diabetes, my wife Glaucoma in the family.
    I have been referred on by them to a specialist clinic to investigate some retinal scarring.
    In addition I have annual retinal tests in an NHS clinic.

    In other words I am in the system.
    If you're worried, pester your doctor and maybe contact Vision Express (or another optician)
     
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  5. In Response

    In Response Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My optician recommends "at least" every 2 years.
    This is a normal optician. I do not have to wait for the NHS to invite me, I go to a high street optician, sign a form to say I have diabetes and do not have to pay.
    As I work full time and gave a very busy life, I am happy to minimise visits to every two years rather than filling my calendar with an annual test.
     
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  6. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    I was getting them yearly free with diabetes. The last time I was told it is now 2 yrs despite the diabetes unless they have other reasons for recommending shorter intervals. I suspect it’s down to individual opticians which they do.
     
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    jaywak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I always had a retinol screening at my hospital every year with my annual review, that has now been 46 visits , but after the covid pandemic they told me every two years is all they need unless they find any problems , I had mine checked in June and there wasn't a problem so I guess it will be June 23 I next go .
     
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  8. sleepster

    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone :)
    It's about 3 years since I went to the opticians so I'm rather overdue either way!

    @Mrs T 123 thank you for the OCT info, I haven't had my retinal screening done this year so I will get that done, my local opticians charge £30 for it though :eek:
     
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  9. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    It has changed to every 2 years unless advised by optician. You can of course go yearly and just have to pay for one as it says

    It wasn't particularly well advertised as I thought it was still every year last time I went. Personally I pay if I need to, eye health is too important not to
     
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  10. lessci

    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I understood the annual test at the opticians was for the Glaucoma and field of vision tests, which I've never had done at the retinal screening. I also have an (unrelated) weak retina in my left eye, so my optician likes to keep an eye (haha) on it
     
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  11. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    I get a 12 monthly reminder from Specsavers and had an appointment for eye test a few weeks ago which I kept. Now I am waiting for an appointment at the eye hospital to sort out bilateral cataracts as optition gave me letter for my GP to request referal I had no idea that I had cataracts until that point in time.
     
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  12. TeddyTottie

    TeddyTottie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hah, I sometimes go more often than every 2 years, if I feel my middle-aged eyesight is going downhill outside of the mandated schedule. Even then my optician asks me accusingly why am I coming back so soon. And I am paying!
     
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  13. coby

    coby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to have six monthly checks when living at my former area but it's 12 monthly here. But I do have glaucoma as well as Type 2 so perhaps this is why it's every year?
     
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  14. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    That's quite likely. The 2 year change is standard, but opticians can suggest more frequently
     
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  15. sleepster

    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's a good job you went then :eek: Hope you get sorted out soon.
     
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  16. sleepster

    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone. I can't remember if they told me last time when to come back, but I'm guessing it was in 2 years, I will pay more attention next time :D
     
  17. Mrs T 123

    Mrs T 123 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    £30 that's expensive - £10 at Specsavers is a bargain! :)
     
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