Sickle Cell Retinopathy
We would like to remind you that although eye problem's with Sickle Cell sufferers are statistically less common than other problems, they do exist and could occur very suddenly.
It is important to have your eyes checked regularly as sickle cell disorder can cause problems that you may not be physically aware of. Attending an eye test, as your opticians allows the highest chance of picking up any early changes in your eyes, which may prevent future problems. If your optician finds sickle related problems or if you experience visual symptoms you should be referred to a hospital eye doctor for a check up.
Remember eye examinations are free for children under the age of 16 or if you are under 19 years old and still in full-time education. If you are on low income and receive any of the following, Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Jobseeker's Allowance, and Disability Working Allowance your eye test should be free. Alternatively, Sicklers could arrange an eye test through there consultants to see a hospital optician.