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By R.A. Lawley Staff | August 4, 2014
An eye test is a vital health check for your eyes. Every adult needs an eye test every two years, and some people may be advised to have a test more often.
During the eye test the optometrist checks if you need glasses, but they do much more than that too. When you have your eyes examined, the optometrist checks for eye diseases like glaucoma that you might not be aware that you are developing. They can also see signs of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes when they check the eye.
Many of these conditions are treatable, but it is best to get them detected before they start causing problems. An eye test can save your sight, and help you stay healthy too.
You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:
You’re also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:
People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.
Optometrists recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. For some people, it is important to have an eye test more frequently. Here are a few groups that might be recommended to come back sooner:
If you need glasses, the optometrist will write you a prescription, which will look something like this:
Patient’s Name: Mike Brown
Date: 27th April 2014
Right eye: +3.00/+1.50 x 180
Left eye: +3.25/+1.25 x 175
Near vision add: +1.00
Recommended retest: 2 years
Signed: An Optician
You may be long-sighted, which is also known as ‘hyperopia’. On the spectacle prescription, this would be shown as a plus (+) sign at the start of each line of figures. If you are long-sighted you have to work harder to focus on close objects. If there is a minus (-) sign at the start of the prescription, you are short-sighted and will struggle to see distant objects.
The second figure for each eye, after the slash, shows how astigmatic (or rugby ball-shaped) your eyes are. Correcting this with glasses can make things clearer at all distances.
And over the age of 40 almost everyone starts to find it hard to see small objects close up. The near vision addition will help you see things close up.
An eye examination contains a number of routine parts:
You can choose whether you get your spectacles from the practice where you had your eyes tested, or whether you would like to look elsewhere. Shopping around can save you money, but staying with the same practice can make it easier if any problems arise.
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