Why Have Regular Eye Tests?
You feel your eyes are healthy and you can see clearly, so you are probably thinking I don’t need an eye test…
Well just as your car needs an MOT and service every year, regardless of whether you feel your car needs it or not, your eyes do need an eye test.
In fact, even if you don’t feel any discomfort and your sight seems clear then your eyes should STILL be examined every 2 years at least.
Many conditions can manifest which may not be picked up unless an eye test is performed.
Diabetes, Hypertension, high cholesterol levels are all vascular conditions that can be found in the eyes, and opticians can be the first professionals to pick these up.
Quite often the optometrist will find these health problems in a routine eye examination and then refer to the GP, who can then confirm if the vascular findings are due to any of the fore mentioned health issues.
The first half of an eye test is usually checking the vision and calculating the prescription, with the other half of the time spent assessing the ocular health. The eye really is a window in the body and when we view the fine blood vessels of the eyes if there are any vessel changes or leaks there this could indicate an underlying medical problem.
There are also the autoimmune diseases such as Arthritis which can cause ocular complications or thyroid disease and even cancer is capable of affecting the eyes!
Cataract, Glaucoma, and even Macular degeneration in their early stages cause no obvious symptoms or warning signs so how would you know if they are coming? Surely you would want to know if you were developing one of these eye problems.