How often should I have my eyes tested?

Here at Scrivens Opticians, we get asked many questions about eye health, but one question that pops up most frequently is: “how often should I get my eyes tested?” so we’ve put together a little information page to help answer this common question.

So how often should you have your eyes tested?

The short answer is every 2 years.

Even if you don’t need glasses it’s important to have your eyes checked every two years. You may not be suffering from any eye health problems at the moment, but a regular check-up can detect any underlying problems early on as well as any changes to your vision.

Conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma can all be detected with an eye test. If they are spotted earlier on they can be treated more effectively.

However, an eye test does much more than detect problems with vision; it can also detect medical problems such as high blood pressureand diabetes. In these cases, your optometrist will notice changes to the blood vessels at the back of your eyes and refer you to your GP if they find anything that may need addressing.

Optometrists also recommend that children under 16 have their eyestested annually. This is to help diagnose problems (if any) early. The sooner problems are detected the greater the chance of developing optimal vision.

Your optometrist may recommend that you have eye tests more frequently, if for example, you have a history of eye problems. Optometrists also recommend that people over 70 years should have their eyes tested once a year.

To recap;

Children under 16 years of age should have their eyes tested once a year.

Adults should have their eyes tested once every two years.

Adults over 70 should have their eyes tested once a year.

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