An eye examination is not just to correct and detect vision defects it is also an
important check for the health of the eyes and often a window to general health.
This is why regular checks are so important.
Sight tests would normally be carried out as follows:
- Under 16 years of age - every year
- 16 to 70 years of age - every 2 years
- Diabetics - every year
- Glaucoma sufferers - every year
It may be that in some cases these intervals are shorter especially with children
or where we need to monitor problems. As Optometrists we find that young age or
old age brings its own challenges.
For this reason we use the latest equipment to check our patients eyes including
computerised image charts
(which can show pictures as well as letters amongst other things) and a digital camera system to view and record
eye problems. Elsewhere on our website you can view some images we have taken and
used in the early detection of diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension,
age-related macular degeneration and others.
Vision by its very nature may deteriorate slowly but this latest technology allows
us to monitor these changes, record them and act on them. A regular sight test can
help maintain your most important sense and in some cases is a lifesaver.
An eye examination also covers other needs. For example as a driver can you be sure
you can see a number plate at 20.5m, do you require special prescription lenses
for use with a computer, are your
safety glasses performing well? For more information visit www.college-optometrists.org.
Once the eye examination is complete you will receive professional advice on lens types and spectacle frames, and possible contact lense options.