How Much Do You Know About Eye Screening Tests?
Most people might ignore that headache they’ve had for the last few months, but this can be caused by weakened vision. That’s why it is necessary to get your eyes tested. Booking an eye screen test can feel like doing a chore, and it might be something you put off for as long as possible. A survey has shown that one in five adults rarely or never have an eye screening test, considering it’s a very simple appointment to make.
Having your eyes screened regularly will not only detect if you need glasses to improve your vision. Some health conditions such as diabetes, mascular degeneration and glaucoma can affect the eyes and having an eye screening test will detect these health issues so that they can be treated early enough.
An eye screen test is not painful at all. Visual acuity tests are the most common tests to evaluate eyesight. These tests involves reading letters or looking at symbols of different sizes on an eye chart. This will measure the eye’s ability to see details at near and far distances. After an eye test the optometrist will discuss the results with you. They will tell you whether you need or don’t need glasses, if your current glasses need to be changed, and if you show symptoms of an eye disease they will refer you to an eye clinic or your GP.
It is advised that children and adults have an eye test every two years, unless you have diabetes, if you are older than 40 years and have a family history of glaucoma. If you are 70 years or older it is advised to get your eyes tested frequently.