Do I need an eye test?

Do I need an eye test?

Eye tests play a huge part in making sure your eyes stay healthy. Not only are they important for indicating whether you need to start wearing glasses or need to change your prescription, but also for detecting some common medical conditions.

We recommend that you book an eye test at least every two years. However, if you notice any difference in your vision, fall into a certain age group, or have started experiencing some of the symptoms we’ve outlined below, it’s best to book an eye test appointment as soon as possible.

At Specsavers Opticas, once a year, your eye test is free*. Regular eye examinations are essential for clear, comfortable vision. They are an important health check too - the optometrist checks the health of your eyes and can find indications of other medical conditions.

Reasons why you should book an eye test

  1. Age

    Anyone can develop problems with their sight, but some groups of people may be at a higher risk. This includes those aged 40 and over who have a family history of glaucoma and those aged 60 or over. If you fall into these categories it’s worth speaking to your optician to find out often you will need an eye test.

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  2. Seeing Halos

    Halos are bright circles that appear around light. In some cases it may just mean that you are particularly sensitive to the halo/ora that a lot of people see at night. However, in an aging eye there are other causes, which can include cataracts and some corneal conditions, so it’s worth getting this checked out.

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  3. Eye strain and headaches

    If you find you’re straining your eyes when reading, using a computer or even driving, it may be because your vision is deteriorating. Getting headaches is also a key sign of this. In most cases this can be easily corrected with a pair of glasses – just book an appointment for an eye test to get the prescription you need.

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  4. Difficultly reading

    Finding reading hard work? This could be because your vision is deteriorating. Book an appointment with one of our opticians who will be able to recommend whether glasses could help rectify this.

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  5. Blurred vision

    Blurred vision can be caused by a number of different things. These range from conditions that simply need correcting with glasses or contact lenses, to medical conditions such as glaucoma or type 2 diabetes. An eye test will be able to give a clearer understanding of what’s causing this symptom.

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  6. Dry, red or itchy eye

    Dry or red eyes may be caused by staring at a screen without blinking for long periods of time. Comfort drops can help, but if these symptoms continue visit your local Specsavers store.

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  7. Floaters

    These are small shapes that some people see floating in their field of vision. They can be different shapes and sizes and range from tiny black dots to cloud like spots. Although they can be caused by aging and are often harmless, it’s important that you book an appointment to get your eyes checked.

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  8. Poor short and/or long vision

    If you are struggling with poor long and/or short vision then visit a Specsavers store to have an eye test and get the right glasses prescription.

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  9. Medical condition

    Diabetes and other medical conditions that could affect your eyesight means that you’ll have to have your eyes tested more often.

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  10. Family history

    If you have a family history of diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and high blood pressure then you’ll need to get your eyes checked out more than once every two years. Your optician will be able to advise on how many times a year they wish to see you.

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    Benefits of an eye test

    A Specsavers eye test is more than checking your vision. We ensure that we thoroughly examine your eyes to make sure they are healthy and we’ll also be able to check for diseases such as:

    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • Cardiovascular diseases
    • Cataracts
    • Glaucoma
    • Macular degeneration

    We can then refer you onto a specialist if needs be.

    Eye care for children – when to book an appointment

    Each and every part of your child is special and that includes their eyes. Eyes are an important part of their development as they grow up and keeping on top of your child’s eye care is very important. However, it can be tricky to work out whether they need an eye test. That’s why we’ve put together a list of symptoms to look out for below.

    1. Struggling with reading

      If you notice your child is struggling to read and often loses their place, they may need to have glasses to correct their vision.

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    2. Squinting

      If you notice your child squinting when watching TV and reading, they may need help correcting their vision.

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    3. Rubbing eyes

      If your little one often rubs their eyes or complains that they are hurting, you should seek professional advice and take them to your local Specsavers store.

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    4. Only uses one eye

      If you notice your child only uses one eye it may be a sign that they have one eye stronger than the other. A pair of glasses usually helps with this condition so book them in to see an optician.

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    5. Stinging eyes

      If your child is complaining of stinging eyes we recommend booking them in for an eye test.

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