The Importance of Having Regular Eye Tests
Eye tests just check how well you can see, and if your vision is fine, then there’s no need for an eye test, right? Wrong!
There’s a lot more to an eye test than being able to just read the smallest line of text on the chart; eye tests help to monitor the health of your eye, in exactly the same way as you take care of your whole body’s health and wellbeing.
Prevention is better than cure
Regular eye tests are a vital preventative measure that can help monitor your vision over time. Problems in your eyes can often develop very gradually, appearing so slowly over several years that you may not even notice any changes in your sight.
However, regular eye examinations with a fully qualified optometrist can help to detect small changes in your eyes at an early stage, so any potential problems can be corrected sooner. For many eye conditions, including glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the sooner they are identified, the easier it is to prevent further deterioration of your vision.
The window to the soul
Whether true of your eyes or not, what they most definitely are the window to is the health of the rest of your body. Even if you enjoy perfect vision, a qualified optometrist can pick up warning signs of other health conditions simply as part of your regular eye test. For example, the appearance of a white ring around the cornea (the clear part of the front of the eye) can indicate high cholesterol, high blood pressure can cause bleeding in the eye and the high blood sugar levels linked with diabetes can damage the retina (the back surface of the eye).
Should your optometrist detect any of these signs in your regular eye test, they will refer you to your GP or other healthcare professional for treatment.
Looking after your eyes
You only get one set of eyes, so it’s vital to take the best possible care of them. At Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care, as well as NHS sight tests, we also offer the Ultimate Eye Examination which includes OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) scanning. OCT works like an ultrasound for the eye, giving a 3D view that can help to detect sight-threatening conditions up to five years earlier than traditional testing methods.
Contact us for more information or to book an appointment.