If you have problems with your eyes or vision, you may visit your local optometrist for an eye test. Your GP may refer you to an optometrist to review your symptoms.
Most people should have their eyes examined every two years. You may be advised to have an exam more often depending on your age and eye health. Some people are entitled to a free NHS eye test.
If you experience problems with your eyes or notice changes, you should book an appointment with your optometrist.
Problems related to brain tumours may include:
The appointment will probably be fairly short, and it can help to be aware of this so that you can provide the optometrist with the relevant information. Below are some tips that may be helpful:
The optometrist will want to examine you or your child. The optometrist will usually:
They may perform extra tests if they feel it is necessary.
The outcome of the appointment can vary depending on the optometrist's findings:
At the end of the appointment, make sure you know what's next. For example:
Follow the next steps discussed with the optometrist. If you don't hear from your optometrist or specialist within the timeframe you expected to, contact them to follow this up.
Continue to keep a watchful eye on your symptoms. If there are any major changes, phone the optometrist or, if they are closed, visit A&E.
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