14.02.2012

Results of eye tests "can vary"

Results of eye tests "can vary"

By Adrian Galbreth

People who are thinking about having an eye test have been warned that the results of the examinations can often vary, resulting in slightly different recommendations for prescriptions.

Dr Susan Blakeney, from the College of Optometrists, told the Daily Mail that the difficulty with prescriptions is that can vary a little from one day to the next, but this does not mean that they are all wrong, as the eyes and their focus can alter.

'If you had your eyes tested by the same person over several weeks, or by a number of optometrists on the same day, you'd probably get slightly different results each time. The right prescription is the one the patient is happy with,' she explained.

The specialist recommended that people find a good optometrist who is a member of a professional body and to build a relationship with them so they know their eyes and can detect any nuances or alterations.

In addition, people should always go back if they are unhappy with their vision, so they can have another eye test.

It comes after the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Action for Blind People recently called on people to undergo eye tests more regularly in order to avoid the risk of eye problems and help to combat the onset of blindness.

by Emily Tait


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