Why Regular Eye Tests Are Essential
Nearly 90% of people fear losing their sight more than any other sense, according to a survey by the Guide Dogs Association. Yet despite the importance of having good vision, a third of us haven't been for an eye test within the last two years.
Interestingly, the research found thet 79% of people knew they should have a sight test once every two years. Yet many were not doing so, with 60% giving the reason of "I didn't think I needed one".
Most people think an eye test is carried out just to check if they need new glasses or contact lenses. While this is indeed an important part of the test, there is much more to an eye examination. It is also an important health check, one which could even save your sight.
That's because certain eye conditions such as glaucoma - which affects half a million people in the UK can lead to blindness unless treated - often show little or no symptoms until they are at an advanced stage. Unlike your teeth, your eyes do not usually hurt when something is wrong. As a result many people may not be aware that their sight could be at risk.
So it's very important to have regular eye tests, usually once every two years unless specified otherwise by your optometerist or doctor. An eye examination at The Big Optician consists of a comprehensive range of tests to assess the health of your eyes, including possible hidden conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
The advice from Guide Dogs for the Blind is quite clear: "Everyone should have regular eye tests, regardless of whether or not they need glasses. Our research has shown that most people didn't think they needed a test or didn't find the time, but this is a vital health check which could even help save your sight".