The importance of having your eyes examined

2019-02-20 06:00

THREE out of four children who experience squinting can have their eyes fixed if they visit the optometrist early.

This is according to Dr Phikolethu Dlamini, optometrist at Spec Savers on 166 Retief Street in the Pietermaritzburg CBD.

Dlamini, who has been a optometrist for five years, says it is very important for people to have their eyes examined at least once every two years.

Speaking to Echo, Dlamini said his granny was blind and after she died without having tried to retrieve her sight, he grew curious and wanted to find out what might have caused her blindness.

He was 11 years old at the time, but that was motivation enough for him to study optometry.

“One thing that people do not know is that your eyes change after every two years so that is why it is important to have them examined.

“Most people are negligent when it comes to their eyesight and some of them are scared that they will have to have them operated on.

“It is better to have your eyes examined and get the necessary treatment if needed, before they get damaged more, as your eyesight can diminish easily if you do not take care of it,” he said.

For children, Dlamini said it is important to have their first eye examination at three months old at least, to see if their eyes are developing well.

“At Spec Savers we examine children between six and 12 years old at no charge. If they need glasses, we give them a pair for free until they turn 12.

“However, if someone wants to bring in their child that is under 12 they must make an appointment because we only see two children per day. We are doing free vision screening.”

If you would like to have your eyes tested, Spec Savers in Retief Street is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday from 8.30am to 1pm.

For more information contact Spec Savers Retief Street at 033 342 2511. Alternatively, there is also a branch in Raisethorpe.

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