So this week was National Eye Health Week which is something that I really should have known more about as I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 7 and have had a bazillion eye tests in that time. I will confess that I have been overdue a check up for a while now so when the folks from Boots Opticians got in touch, I was like “Yes! Eye check me up, please!”. It also meant I got to spend the week taking part in a little photo challenge and saying things to my husband like “As a contact lens wearer and as a photographer, the health of my eyes is so important!” which he just tutted at, obviously. Not gonna lie, one thing that put me off going for an eye test was that the majority of the time, I have my little BFF in tow and the thought of taking her along….I bit the bullet and took her with me for my Eye Health Check and it actually ended up being the highlight of her week (second child, doesn’t get out much). She was absolutely fascinated watching me and laughed her head off when I was having an eye pressure check where they blow air to test the pressure in your eyes. Apparently it’s something they test once you hit 30 as it’s a way of testing for things like glaucoma and as I’m now in the over 30 bracket (yay!), I got to have it. It’s a very odd sensation and it was literally impossible to not jump out of my skin each time the air went off. Good thing the headrest is padded! They took photos of my eyes too with a fancy digital retina camera which is something I’d never had done before – Boots are the only high street optician to offer this service at no extra cost as part of an eye health check and it was actually fascinating. They showed me the photos after and I didn’t realise that they can detect so much from these pictures. I got to see the blood vessels in my eye (little bit gross) and got a clean bill of health but if I had diabetes, retina problems or high blood pressure, they’d have been able to tell just from that quick little test. The rest of the eye check was pretty standard letters on the board stuff and Sunshine was given a colouring book and stickers for that bit which she was thrilled about. That girl bloody loves a sticker and some crayons.
I’ve been taking photos this week of the same things every day as part of the Boots photo challenge. I see old photos of the kids and I can’t believe how much they have changed because of course, I see them every day and those little changes are hardly noticeable day to day, much like changes to your eyes (do you love that link there? Admit it, you do!). I took quite a lot of photos of our recently reseeded lawn so I could blow your minds with the no grass – grass reveal but it hasn’t grown yet so, erm, that’s not going to happen. I will happily email all the photos I have of a garden of mud though if anyone is interested in seeing them.
If you would like to book an eye health check, you can speak to a Boots Optician or make an appointment by calling 0345 125 3752 or visiting www.boots.com/en/Opticians/Eye-Health.