An eye test is more than meets the eye. Read on to find out why regular eye tests are necessary, and how often you should be tested.

You recently got a letter in the post (or an email in your inbox) telling you it’s time to update your prescription. But my eyes feel fine and my current glasses work perfectly, we hear you reply. Well did you know that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to these checkups? In the same way you would visit your dentist one to two times a year to ensure you have no plaque build-up, decay, and just to check that everything is in working order, it’s important to do the same with your eyes.

Even the smallest change matters

Firstly, your eyes may feel fine and your glasses may well seem to be working perfectly for you, but it is hard to recognise deterioration by yourself. In fact, even the smallest change to your eyes can alter your vision without you knowing. On the other hand, you may have noticed your vision has started getting blurry, or your eyes have started feeling heavier and drier throughout the day. Regardless of whether you’re experiencing changes to your vision or not, it’s always best to make sure your eyes are tested regularly by a qualified optician who can make sure your sight is in top-tip shape.

Eyes are the window to the body

Secondly, eye tests do so much more than make sure your vision is up to scratch. They say that eyes are the window to the soul, and this couldn’t be more accurate, as the eyes are actually the window to the whole body! An eye test can detect diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, high blood pressure, and in some rare cases, even tumours.

How often is enough?

So, how often should you get your eyes tested? According to the experts, if you are aged 16 to 69, you should be getting your eyes tested at least once every two years. See here for more details.

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