Do I need an eye test?
When was the last time you had your eyes checked? If the answer is ‘more than 2 years ago’ then, my friend, it’s time to make a date with your optician!
You may say ‘but I already have glasses and I can see okay!’ or ‘my eyes feel fine’ but there are a number of reasons why you should stick to regular check-ups:
- Eye tests can show early signs of underlying health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Eye tests are not just to check your vision, they also check for eye conditions such as macular degeneration or glaucoma.
- Your vision may have improved (woo hoo!), so you may need to change your prescription.
Number 1 and 2 are particularly important if you have a history of any of these conditions in your family and you should most definitely factor in more regular check-ups.
I’ve booked an appointment - what can I expect?
Before your test
Before your go in to see the optician, you will be taken for a quick pre-test to gather some important info. This will involve looking into a machine, which will take some basic measurements, and if you wear glasses, your prescription will also be checked.
During your test
During your full test, your optician will ask you to put on a fetching pair of glasses, where he or she will be able to change the lenses to test your vision while reading letters from a board on the wall. They will also check the pressure and look to the back of your eye for any conditions. This should take no longer than 20-30 minutes in total. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Do I need an advanced eye check?
If you have any concerns, or would like a more thorough check, then visiting an optician’s practice that has an OCT is advisable – many have them now and this will enable the optician to perform a more detailed check of the back of your eye, looking for signs of degeneration or other conditions. If your family has a history of eye conditions – this extra test is particularly beneficial for you.