Why have an eye examination?

The eye examination

An eye examination is an important part of looking after your eyes, but it’s more than a simple test of your sight.

Your optometrist is able to check out other general health issues during an eye examination and give advice.  An eye examination should be part of everyone’s normal health routine.

Why have an eye examination?

Most people should have their eyes examined every two years.

You may need to have examinations more often depending on your age and medical history.  If you are over 40 years old and in an at-risk group, such as having a close family member with an hereditary eye condition like glaucoma, or your ethnic background is African-Caribbean, you should have an eye exam at least every two years. Your optometrist will recommend how regularly you need to have eye checks.

Here are some important reasons to have a regular eye examination and look after your eyes:

  • 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.
  • An eye examination can detect early signs of potentially serious eye conditions.
  • An eye examination can also detect, at a very early stage, other general health problems. It is more than just a sight test.
  • The earlier a problem is detected the greater the chance of successful treatment.
  • Unlike your teeth, your eyes do not usually hurt if there is something wrong.


Information courtesy of the college of optometrists

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