Many people assume that they should only have their eyes tested if they are experiencing problems with their vision. But did you know that having regular eye examinations can save your sight and help to keep you healthy too? The optician not only checks to see if you need a prescription for glasses but can also detect early signs of diseases that you may have been unaware of, like diabetes, high blood pressure or glaucoma. Although many of these are treatable, they are much more easily managed when caught early.
SureSpecs recommends you have your eyes tested before purchasing new glasses, to ensure you have your latest prescription. We can test your eyes free of charge at home or work if you are buying specs for £199 or more. If you have recently had your eyes tested and everything was fine, it is still important to attend future check-ups.
The College of Optometrists recommends that you have your eyes tested every two years depending on your age and medical history. For the groups outlined below, it is important to have your eyes tested more frequently:
▪ People that have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
▪ People aged over 40 with a family history of glaucoma
▪ People aged over 70
▪ Children who wear glasses
If you have been experiencing ongoing visual problems, the optometrist may recommend you are seen more frequently, even if you don’t fall into any of the categories above.
Top signs to look out for
- Are you getting headaches? This could be eyestrain. Sometimes this occurs because of the visual demand put onto our eyes on a daily basis. Modern day life involves looking at screens more often than not, and this can put a huge strain on our vision. Get it checked out!
- Do you need longer arms? Yes, you read that correctly! If you push reading material away from you to be able to see it more clearly, you may need a prescription to help you see close-up. This is a natural problem to encounter in your mid-forties that can easily be sorted with a trendy pair of specs.
- Does text on the television seem fuzzier? You might need a distance prescription to help sharpen up those pesky little words!
- Do you ever get gritty, itchy, watery or sore eyes? This is a common problem, ironically known as ‘Dry Eye’ which can be managed once the cause is discovered in your eye test.
- Do you find yourself squinting? Squinting may result in things looking clearer, but in the long run, it causes eye strain – you’re better off getting this checked by the optician.
- Do you struggle with your computer screen? There are lenses available which can help to relax your eyes in front of the screen and under those awful fluorescent lights in the office.
- Do you struggle to drive at night? You may need glasses to reduce the glare and halos around lights and sharpen up your vision to make you feel safer and increase your confidence night driving.
- Anything more serious like pain in your eye, recurrent headaches which aren’t a result of needing glasses, or flashing lights in your vision require immediate attention so don’t hesitate to see a doctor or optometrist if you’re worried.
Remember, you may not necessarily require a prescription after your eye test, but if you do, there is no need to feel self-conscious. There is such a great variety of fashionable styles out there to suit everyone and if you need help choosing the right frame for you, check out our blog posts Choosing For Your Face Shape and 50 Shades of Frames.