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Published on: 01 Mar 2017 by samuel

How often should you have an eye exam?

Looking after your eyes are really important. Having regular examinations with a registered optometrist are crucial to maintaining your eyes health. Eye tests are becoming even more important today than they have been in the past, due to the many hours a day that most of spend staring at screens which can cause some damage to your eyes over a long period of time. This short article discusses how often you should visit your optometrist for an eye test and what this involves. Following this will make sure that you keep your eyes healthy!

In the UK, the National Health Service recommend that you have an eye test every two years. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. These include, a child that wears glasses, as when we are children eyes are still constantly developing and so it is likely that a glasses prescription will change regularly. If you have diabetes, as this disease can effect your eyes significantly. If you are aged over 40 and have a family history of glaucoma, as again this can effect your eyes. Or, if you are aged 70 or over as again eyesight can change more rapidly at this age.

Can I have my eyes tested more regularly that this?

If you are concerned about your eye sight at any time then of course it is necessary to visit your optician. If you are entitled to a free NHS eye test and visit more regularly than what is expected for your age and medical history, then the optician is only likely to carry out a further eye exam if they consider it to be clinically necessary. However, if you usually have your eyes tested privately then of course you can visit an optician as often as you like, although a fee will be payable. This can vary significantly between private opticians.

Who is eligible for an NHS eye test?

Before you make an appointment with an optician it is important to check if you are entitled to a free NHS eye test. You will be eligible for these if you are:- You are under 16- You are 16, 17 & 18 and in full time education- You are over 60- You are registered as being blind or you are partially sighted- You have diabetes or glaucoma- You are over 40 and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has glaucoma- You have been advised that you are at risk of glaucoma- You are a prisoner on leave from prison- You are entitled to an NHS complex voucher.

There are some other circumstances when you are entitled to a free eye examination, especially if you receive some benefits such as income support. It is worth checking with your optician in these circumstances.

Regular eye tests are really important. They not only help to correct your vision, but are also crucial in checking the overall health of your eyes. Other health conditions can also be detected during an eye exam. Make sure that you follow the guide above and make regular visits to your optician!

For more information, visit: opticians Exeter.

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