How often should you have an eye test? We asked the experts.
How often should I have an eye test? A good question for all those who wear glasses or contact lenses, and those who suffer from blurred vision, headaches or other eye-related problems. Because an eye test can not only determine your dioptres, it can also detect serious eye diseases.
Is one test in two years enough, or should it rather be once a year or more, and what are the factors that play a role in this decision?
Our editors asked the optometrists and eye doctors at Lentiamo to determine how often you should get your eyes tested. Read on!
So how regularly should you have an eye test?
How often you take an eye test depends on various factors. For one thing, it depends on how old you are and thus how old your eyes are. Scientists say that eyes grow quickly after birth. That is why babies' eyes are routinely tested after they are born and 6 months later.
The eyes of young adults don't need to be examined as often because our eyes stop getting longer at the age of 20 to 21.
However, as we get older, our eyes continue to change, especially after the age of 40. Around this time, our eyes start to lose their ability to focus. This condition is known as presbyopia, and some people experience more loss of focus than others.
Eye tests according to your age
Our optometrists and ophthalmologists recommend:
Eye tests depending on pre-existing conditions
Another important factor in determining the frequency of your eye tests is whether you have any medical conditions such as diabetes or glaucoma. These may concern either yourself or someone in your family.
Our ophthalmologists recommend:
- If you had eye problems or illnesses in the past
- if you're at risk of developing an ophtamological disease
- or if someone in your family has one
you should have an eye test at least once a year.
The ophthamologists at Lentiamo strongly recommend that you have your eyes and vision checked regularly. An eye test not only determines whether your dioptres are still sufficient, but can also help detect serious eye diseases that could be the cause of your blurred vision.
How much does an eye test cost?
Most people living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have to pay a small fee for an eye test at their local optician. In Scotland though, all eye tests at NHS opticians are free.
Note: people with certain conditions are entitled to a free NHS eye test in England and Wales. Please read our guide on how to obtain NHS optical vouchers here.
With the prescription you will receive from your optician, you can easily try on your favourite glasses at Lentiamo.co.uk and send them to your home! Enjoy browsing and do not hesitate to contact our customer service on 0800 249 4219 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/…ave-eye-test
2. Royal National Institute of Blind People, https://www.rnib.org.uk/…20report.pdf
3. Association of Optometrists, https://www.aop.org.uk/…oucher-guide
4. Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/…ur-eyes-grow#…
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