Regular eye tests
Why are regular eye tests necessary?
Regular eye tests are important because your eyes don't usually hurt when something is wrong. A sight test is a vital health check for your eyes that can pick up early signs of eye conditions before you're aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough.
Do children need regular eye tests?
Good vision is important at all stages of life, but there are few settings in which most of us rely more heavily on our eyes than while we're in the classroom. Children will often not notice that their sight isn't as good as their peers, or will simply find strategies to get around any problems that they're having (such as copying from a friend's notebook rather than directly off the whiteboard). Regular eye tests will ensure that any problems are picked up early so that we can help children see as well as possible and achieve their full potential.
Regular sight tests are also particularly crucial for the early detection of developmental problems that cause reduced vision. These generally become harder to treat the longer they remain undiagnosed. Older children can develop squints and children's sight can change as they grow, which is why your child's optometrist may recommend annual or six-monthly check-ups.
What your eye test will show?
An eye test will show if you need to:
Wear glasses for the first time
Change your current glasses
A sight test will also include a general health check that can pick up early signs of eye disease before you’re aware of any symptoms. Some health conditions can affect the eyes such as: