Glasses and eye test.

I have been getting headaches the last few weeks and pain behind my eyes.
I think it is from using the laptop for many hours a day.
I have never worn glasses before but am in my 50's now, are there glass for middle distance like 2 or 3 feet.
Do any of the Opticians offer a free eye test? I do not fit the criteria for the NHS test.


  • MalMonroe
    MalMonroe Posts: 5,783 Forumite
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    You're very lucky not to have had to wear specs before now. Sometimes opticians offer cheap eye tests, Specsavers were always sending flyers around at one time, for £10 eye tests. You could google and see if any in your area have similar current offers. But anyway, your eyesight's very precious and even if you have to pay you should go and have an eye test. You can buy glasses without a prescription from pharmacies and other places but there's nothing like having a proper eye test prescription. You can take your prescription to any optician.  

    I use Boots, my daughter prefers Specsavers. (Not just because of the £10 eye test, though!) Opticians also sometimes have offers on glasses. 

    If you are having headaches and eye pain, you're better off going to see an optician as soon as you can. It may or may not be something straightforward.  It's really worth it, however much you have to pay.
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  • bluenun
    bluenun Posts: 483 Forumite
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    You are correct, I need to get an eye test and I am prepared to pay.
    I have lost a lot of my work due to Covid so I was wondering the most economical way to go about it.
  • KxMx
    KxMx Posts: 10,604 Forumite
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    Try reducing the brightness of your screen. 

    I have ME and go through phases of getting awful headaches in the evening due to minor exertion in the day time. 

    One way I got myself through the last bout was to reduce my screen brightness for close devices from 100% (always been at maximum) to 20/25%.

    Once the headaches passed I found my eys had adjusted and at 20/25% I remain. 
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