Why should I have an eye examination
An eye examination should be part of everyone’s normal health routine and is an important part of looking after your eyes.
You may think of this as just an eye test, but it’s more than a simple test of your sight. Your optometrist is able to check your eye health and other general health issues during an eye examination and give advice.
Here are some important reasons to have a regular eye examination and look after your eyes:
It can detect early signs of eye conditions before you notice them.
It can also detect other general health problems.
Good vision helps you work and play safely and comfortably. It leads to a better quality of life.
Your eyes are the only pair you’ve got, If you lose your eyesight it may never be replaced.
Unlike your teeth, your eyes do not usually hurt if there is something wrong
How often should I have my eyes examined?
Most people should have their eyes examined every two years, however you may need to have an examination more often depending on your age and medical history.
If you are over 40 years old or at particular risk of developing eye conditions such as glaucoma, your optometrist will recommend how regularly you need to have an eye examination.
Of course, if you have any problems with your eyes, or notice any changes in your sight, then you should see your optometrist too.
What happens in an eye examination?
An eye examination is carried out by an optometrist and usually takes about 20-30 minutes. Sometimes it can take longer if you need extra tests, but this is to make sure you can see as well as possible.
As well as testing your sight, the optometrist will check the health of your eyes and look for signs of general health problems.