Fam­ily health prob­lems

Woman's Own - - ASK THE DOCTOR -

Q I fell out with my fam­ily sev­eral years ago and have re­cently been back in touch, which is lovely. I have dis­cov­ered my younger brother aged 47 has glau­coma. He says I am en­ti­tled to free eye tests. Is that true? A Yes. If your mother, fa­ther, sib­ling or child has glau­coma and you are over 40, you are au­to­mat­i­cally el­i­gi­ble for free eye tests on the NHS. We usu­ally rec­om­mend that peo­ple have an eye test ev­ery cou­ple of years but if you are di­ag­nosed with glau­coma then your op­tometrist might sug­gest that you have tests more fre­quently and if he or she does so, all of th­ese would be free too.

Have an eye test ev­ery cou­ple of years

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