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Why have an eye examination
The majority of people go for regular dental check-ups, yet many have no idea of the benefits of a regular eye examination.
An eye test doesn’t just tell you if you need glasses. It can also reveal more serious eye conditions, some of which if diagnosed early, can be prevented from developing further, for example glaucoma.
Glaucoma is one of those diseases that patients often don’t notice until it’s too late, if left it can lead to serious sight loss or even blindness. Yet it is readily detected during a regular eye examination, and its development can be easily arrested and sight saved.
The majority of eye problems affect people over the age of 40, but that doesn’t mean that younger people shouldn’t go for eye tests and it especially important for young children to be checked to ensure their vision develops properly.
How often you should have your eyes examined varies with age. It is recommended that children be examined by the age of three, and every two years after this (more frequently if recommended by your optometrist). Children under the age of 16 (or under 19 if in full-time education) are entitled to free eye tests on the NHS and a voucher towards the cost of glasses if they ere needed.
At 40, you should have an examination about every two years (more frequently if recommended by your optometrist). Age increases the risk of cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, however if detected early, the development may be slowed or halted.
At 70 and beyond, you should have a full eye examination every year, even if you think your vision is good.
Eye Care FAQ’s
Eye checks are free under the NHS only if you fit the criteria laid down by the regulations. Children under 19years in full time education, adults over 60 years of age and those in receipt of certain benefits. See our full list on our main FAQ’s page
We currently charge £29.00 with a £10.00 supplement if you want a retinal photograph taken.
The duration of an eye examination can take anywhere from 15 minutes for a child to 45 minutes for a combined eye examination and contact lens check. A standard examination usually lasts 30 minutes.
Children can be seen at any age, we have even checked small babies. Like dental check ups, it’s a good idea to get your child’s eyes examined regularly, thus ensuring any problems are caught early before any lasting damage can be done. Eye Examinations are free for all children under the age of 16 or 19 if still in full time education.
It is generally accepted that anyone over the age of 16 should have their eyes examined every 2 years. Children especially when they are growing may be seen annually. Importantly as we get older our eyes can deteriorate quickly and a more frequent examination may be advisable. Everyone is unique and you will be guided by your optometrist who will advise how regularly you should be seen.
Most people are able to wear contact lenses, gone are the days when lenses were made of acrylic and a contact lens trial resulted in people walking around the streets crying their eyes out. Modern lens materials are very soft and comfortable on the eyes. They can also correct long & shortsightedness, astigmatism and they even make varifocal lenses as well!