Optical

Do I need an eye test?

It’s always a good idea to get regular eye tests. Apart from the fact it can help identify and solve any vision problems, it’s also a good way to get ahead of any underlying issues.

That goes for those who already wear glasses and contacts too. Wearing the wrong prescription can be a literal pain with headaches and eye strain, but it can also be downright dangerous if you’re driving a car, for example.

What happens?

When you’re having a routine eye test, your optometrist will do a thorough examination of your vision and eye health. This can help in the early detection of eye conditions like cataractsmacular degeneration and glaucoma. Your optometrist will also look for signs of other medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

The good news? Most vision problems and many eye conditions can be eased if found and treated early.

How often do I need an eye test?

If you don’t have symptoms like headaches, blurry vision or dry eyes, it’s good to get a check-up every two years. If you’re older or have a family history of diabetes or glaucoma, it might be necessary to go more regularly.

It’s a good idea to take kids for an eye test before they start school – and then each year after, unless their optometrist recommends more regular tests.

Book yourself in for a test if you're experiencing any of these symptoms:

• Blurred or fluctuating vision
• Clouded, distorted or dim vision
• Recurrent eye fatigue
• Difficulty focusing
• Dry or sore eyes
• Recurrent headaches or migraines
• Eye strain
• Seeing spots and floaters
• Scratchy, gritty eyes
• Sensitivity to glare
• Difficulty driving at night
• Frequent changes to prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses.

What your optometrist can look for

Some of the common eye conditions your optometrist can find include:

Cataracts
Glaucoma
Macular degeneration
Diabetic retinopathy
Dry eyes
Astigmatism
Pterygium

Getting older

Along with genetics, medical conditions and lifestyle, age is a factor for many common eye conditions. Many people start to experience changes to their vision from the age of 40.

Medical conditions

If you have diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, stroke or a family history of glaucoma you may need to have your eyes tested more regularly.

Speak to your Bupa optometrist for advice on how often you need an eye test.