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We don't appreciate the importance of our eyesight until we start to lose it. To avoid problems, everyone should have regular checks with their optometrist but there are certain groups of patients particularly at risk:

  • Children with a family history of squint or 'lazy eye'

  • Patients with diabetes or high blood pressure

  • Patients with a family history of glaucoma

Can you read this?


If you can't read this from 18" in front of your eyes to arm’s length you may need glasses and should consult your optician. He or she has the skill, equipment and expertise to test your eyesight more readily than your doctor. Make use of him and do not be put off by examination charges. Your sight is worth much more. You will be exempt from fees anyway if you are in one of these categories:

  • Under 16

  • Under 19 and in full-time education

  • Over 60

  • Receiving income support

  • Diabetic

  • Registered blind or partially sighted

  • Receiving, or the partner of someone receiving family credit

  • Suffering from glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma (parent, sibling or child of a

sufferer) and you are 40 or over.

One often frightening finding is the sudden appearance of blood over the white of the eye. This is called subconjunctival haemorrhage, and is caused by a broken blood vessel. It is no danger to your sight, but it is worth getting a non-urgent appointment for the doctor to check your blood pressure. The blood itself will naturally absorb like a bruise. Even very young children can have a sight test. They do not need to be able to read or recognise letters to be adequately tested.


Based in Mold Community Hospital, this is a Palliative Support Day Service held every Wednesday for patients with life limiting conditions. The group works in partnership with Nightingale House, local GPs and Macmillan nurses. If interested in attending, please contact Angie Parker on (01352) 706704 direct line or just call in at Mold Community Hospital.

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