Eye Tests for Adults
Our eyes are one of the most precious organs and we should rightly be taking care of them. Regular eye examinations are therefore vital to ensure they are healthy and functioning as they should be.
For those of us that have been wearing glasses since a young age, we will be used to attending regular tests. However, many of us will have noticed a change to near or computer vision as we get a bit older. This is a natural reduction in the eye muscles ability to focus on nearer objects. Most commonly, glasses are required to realign the focussing of the eyes to achieve that sharp vision you were so used to.
However, eye examinations are not just about needing new glasses. With a greater emphasis on eye health, having an eye test will allow an earlier diagnoses of ocular or even general health conditions. Some examples include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, glaucoma, age related macula degeneration, myopic degeneration and of course cataracts.
Our Optometrists recommend an eye test at least every two years. Sometimes you will be asked to attend more frequently especially if you are more prone to prescription changes or have a family history of glaucoma.
And don’t forget, when it comes to visual correction, contact lenses are a popular alternative to wearing glasses.
Eye Tests for Children
From the moment we are born and our eyes are exposed to the world, they start to develop to learn and grow to stimuli. It would be great if everybody’s eyes would grow in the same theoretical way meaning no glasses but unfortunately this is not the case.
Unless your child has high amounts of uncorrected short or long sightedness, it can be difficult to know if they are suffering from poor vision. Therefore, we recommend your child should start having routine check ups from the age of 3. There are many methods for testing sight and for our younger patients we have a variety of options to try and get the most out of the test.
During COVID-19, we have seen many children whose sight has worsened quicker than we would have liked and this seems to be due to the increase in screen time and reduced outdoor activity.
If you have any concerns, or if your child has never had an eye test, we strongly recommend booking them in. Don’t worry if you think they may not be able to answer all the questions or carry out the tests that you are used to experiencing – as mentioned, there are so many other ways we can use.