We all rely on our eyes and good eyesight in almost every aspect of our daily lives. Access to information through reading or television depends on clear vision, while life itself can depend on the ability to see properly while driving, or just walking in busy streets.
Yet a significant proportion of people don’t have their eyes examined at regular intervals, while many people have never had an eye examination.
Part of the reason is that eyes, unlike teeth, don’t normally let you know in an obvious way when something is wrong. Often, because sight deterioration can be very gradual, people genuinely don’t notice that they are not seeing as well as they could. Regular examinations are important as the sooner a vision problem is detected, the greater the chance of successful treatment – this is particularly true with young children and the elderly.
More than just identifying whether your eyesight needs correcting, the eye examination can reveal a number of other underlying health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes. It is a vital health check that should be part of everyone’s normal health regime.
Unless otherwise advised, you should have an eye examination every two years. It may be necessary to have them more frequently, depending on your age and medical history.
We allow up to 45 minutes to assess your eyes so be rest assured, you will have a thorough examination.