Booking your eye test often feels like a chore – it may be something you put off for as long as possible, claiming the headache you’ve had for the past month is down to feeling tired.
It is very important to have your eyes tested regularly. An eye test is not just about getting a new pair of glasses – it’s a vital health check for your eyes and your general well-being. An eye test can often pick up on eye diseases such as glaucoma, the second most common cause of blindness which can be prevented. It can also spot diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you need to have regular check-ups to make sure your retina is not damaged and to prevent your vision from getting worse.
According to Practitioner Services (one of 11 divisions within NHS National Services Scotland), how often you should have your eyes tested depends on your age and health.
|How old are you||How often you should have your eyes tested|
|Under 16 years old||Every year|
|16 to 69 years old||Every two years|
|40 and over with close family history of glaucoma||Every year|
|Over 70 years old||Every year|
|Your health||How often you should have your eyes tested|
|If you are diabetic||Every year|
|If you have glaucoma||Every year|
|If you have ocular hypertension||Every year|
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