Did you know that over 60% of the world’s population wears glasses or contact lenses? It shows how our eyes require special care and maintenance to keep them working at their best, which is why we should be getting our eyes tested frequently – because healthy eyes are happy eyes!
The frequency of your eye test depends on your age and overall health. Optical experts recommend the following:
You can learn more about what happens during your eye test here.
Your eyes may feel fine and your glasses may seem to be working perfectly for you, so recognising any change or deterioration by yourself can be hard. Even the smallest change to your eyes can alter your vision without you realising.
On the other hand, you may have noticed changes in your vision. Some signs that indicate it might be time for an eye test include:
Regardless of whether you’re experiencing changes to your vision or not, it’s always best to make sure your eyes are tested regularly by a qualified optician who can make sure your eyesight is in its best condition and your prescription is always up to date.
The saying goes that eyes are the window to your soul, and in this sense, they certainly are a window to the body. Not only are eye tests important for the sake of keeping your prescription updated, but they can also help detect a range of other conditions too. Several conditions that can be spotted when having a sight test include diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, high blood pressure, brain tumours (in rare cases). multiple sclerosis and high cholesterol.
Remember that if you work using display screen equipment (DSE), your employer may have to help towards the cost of your eye care. You can read more about this here. Also, you might be entitled to a free NHS eye test. To check if you qualify for a free NHS eye test, check out eye care entitlements.
Once you have your eye test* and have been handed your latest prescription, you can get to work on finding the perfect pair of glasses – this is where we can help! You are in no way obliged to purchase eyewear from the opticians who performed your eye test, and at Glasses Direct, you can browse hundreds of frames to match your unique style without feeling pushed into a sale. And to make things easier, you can try up to four frames with our free Home Trial service, or discover a new pair based on your current frame measurements using our handy Best Fit Machine.
If you are still waiting for an up-to-date prescription, don’t worry, you can still place an order now and send us your prescription later. Find out more about that here.
*Eye test deals subject to individual terms and conditions stipulated by each provider; Glasses Direct are not responsible for or associated with the opticians or eye tests. Prices may vary. This page was last updated on 23/11/2023.