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Vision FAQs – let’s take a look at the fine print on your eye health

Whether you have 20/20 vision or are a seasoned glasses-wearer, we all probably fall victim to the commonplace idea that the optician is the place you go just for vision problems, not general eye health. 

In fact, you should see your optician’s appointments as fixed and vital as your dental ones. Let’s take a closer look at why.  

Why are regular eye tests important?

Getting your eyes tested regularly is important because your eyes often don’t cause pain when something is wrong, meaning issues can go unnoticed longer than in other areas. An eye exam can pick up conditions early, even before you notice symptoms yourself.   

What kinds of conditions can affect my eyes?

 It’s not just poor vision that is picked up in an eye exam. Early signs of other health conditions can also be spotted with an eye test, such as: 

  ● Macular degeneration

 ● Glaucoma

 ● Diabetes

 ● High blood pressure/risk of stroke 

Are eye tests also important for kids? 

Yes, they are. Just because a child passes a sight test doesn’t mean their eye health is necessarily where it needs to be, so it’s important to book an eye exam for them. Purely sight-based tests conducted outside of an ophthalmologist’s office can, ironically enough, miss poor vision in children. It’s worth the trip for a more comprehensive check-up, considering that sight issues in children can lead to acting out and lower academic performance.  

So, how often should I be getting my eyes checked? 

It is recommended that you get your eyes tested every two years. However, if you are at risk for certain eye-related health issues – such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma – you should book an eye exam each year. 

 Once you get past 70 you should also consider upping the frequency of your eye test from two years to every year.  

We’ve got lots more articles about your family’s general health and well-being. Read some more today over on our Health Hub blog.