Why should I have an eye check?
A visit to the opticians not only helps identify potential problems with your eyesight before they develop but also provides a window to your overall health. That's because eyes can give an early indication of common health problems, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Checking children's eye sight is particularly crucial. Did you know 80% of their learning is through sight? Checking their eyes can also help prevent conditions like a lazy eye developing.
How often should I have an eye check?
Even if you can see clearly, having an eye check at least every two years is recommended for adults because eyes change over time.
Getting children's eyes checked is important too, especially because they are still growing. They usually get their eyes checked when they are a year old by a health visitor. It is advisable to get them checked again at ages four or five, before starting school, then every year until they are 16.
Before Your Eyecheck
Your appointment will usually begin with some preliminary checks:
- We may carry out an eye pressure check by blowing a puff of air into your eye, or a visual field test where you monitor flashing lights across a screen. These quick and painless checks help identify the early signs of glaucoma
- We will take a digital retinal photograph to create a permanent record of your eye health. This allows us to monitor changes which may take place over time
To help us make the best recommendation for your visual needs, we will ask a few questions about your lifestyle, such as how often you use computer screens etc.
During Your Eyecheck
You will then spend about 30 minutes with your optometrist in their consulting room, where they will use a range of checks to look at various aspects of your eyesight:
- They will establish how clearly you can see both near and far, including looking at the ability to change focus, which tends to decrease with age and can often make your near vision blurry
- They will look for signs of conditions like cataracts, which become more prevalent as we get older
- And they will look out for key signs which indicate how good your general health is and whether you are at risk of conditions like diabetes
After Your Eyecheck
By the end of your eye check, we will have enough information to recommend the best options for correcting your eyesight based on your individual needs.
We will talk you through the options and put together a personal eyecare recommendation for you, which will clearly explain what we have recommended and why, including details of any glasses or contact lenses you may need.
If you need glasses, we will help you choose the best lenses for your visual needs. A member of our opticians' team will then help you choose frames for your glasses.
Your personal eyecare recommendation will form part of a patient pack you can take away with you, so you can fully understand and feel in control of your eye health.