Why is a sight test important?
Many people think that a sight test is just about checking whether your vision needs correcting with glasses or contact lenses. But there are other important reasons to have a regular sight test.
A sight test is a vital check on the health of the eyes and includes the detection of eye conditions. Many of these, if found early, can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss.
A sight test can also detect other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Who needs a regular sight test?
Everybody! Sight tests should be part of everyone’s healthcare routine just like going to the dentist.
How often should I have a sight test?
Most people should have a sight test once every two years.
Certain groups may need a sight test more frequently. These include:
- People with a history of eye conditions in the family
- People over 40 of Afro-carribean or Asian origin
Speak to your optometrist for individual advice.
Where do I go for a sight test?
Contact your local optician to make an appointment. A full sight test will be conducted by a qualified optometrist or an ophthalmic medical practitioner.