What Can Eye Tests Detect & How Often Should You Get Your Eyes Tested?

what can an eye test detect?

Many of us take our eyesight for granted. We may take good care of other elements of our physical health, but our eyes are often an afterthought – until we’re actually experiencing symptoms. Slipping into bad habits is easily done – from skipping routine eye exams, to wearing glasses with the wrong prescription, but it’s not good for maintaining the quality of our vision in the long-run.

The natural first step in taking proper care of our eyes is to commit to regular eye exams. We’re explaining the importance of this process, as well as outlining exactly what eye tests can detect, with a particular focus on our own 3D OCT eye tests. Read on to learn more.

How often should you get your eyes tested?

If you aren’t already visiting your local independent opticians to get your eyes tested, then you certainly should be – but just how often should you be heading back for a check up?

How often should adults get their eyes tested?

It is recommended that adults get their eyes checked with a thorough OCT eye test every two years. 

How often should kids get their eyes tested?

When your child is a baby, they’ll be assessed by a paediatric professional to determine any potential vision defects from birth. Your child will then be offered an eye exam before they start school, and this is known as pre-school orthoptic vision screening. From this point, it’s recommended that children get their eyes tested once a year, given they’re not experiencing any vision-related symptoms. 

When should you get your eyes tested more frequently?

You’d benefit from getting your eyes checked more frequently if you notice any change in your vision, if you are over 60, if you have a family history of a certain eye condition, or if you have any other risk factors. For example, if you have a pre existing eye condition, a family history of eye diseases, or other risk factors such as diabetes, then you might need to visit your opticians more often.

What can an eye test detect?

Our OCT eye tests are comprehensive examinations of the eyes and their surrounding structures, and they can detect a range of different eye health issues. Here are some of the things that our 3D OCT eye test can detect:

1.Refractive errors.

An eye test can determine if you have any refractive errors such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism.

 These are the most common sight issues and can usually be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery.

2. Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye.

Amblyopia is a condition where one eye does not develop properly during childhood, leading to poor vision in that eye. 

An eye test can detect amblyopia and prompt treatment can improve the condition. Ask your Optometrist for advice.

3. Strabismus.

Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes where one or both eyes may turn inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards. An eye test can detect strabismus and treatment may include glasses, eye exercises, or surgery.

4. Cataracts.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which can cause blurry vision, glare, and difficulty seeing at night. 

An eye test can detect cataracts, and prompt treatment may involve surgery to remove the cloudy lens. Which is a very common operation nowadays.

5. Glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss and blindness if left untreated. An eye test can detect glaucoma and early treatment can slow down or prevent further damage to the optic nerve.

6. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): 

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the macula, a small area in the retina responsible for central vision. 

An eye test can detect AMD, and early treatment can help slow down the progression of the disease.

7. Diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that impacts the blood vessels in the retina, leading to vision loss if left untreated. 

An eye test can detect diabetic retinopathy, and early treatment can prevent or delay vision loss. We’ve shared more about this condition in our guide to diabetic retinopathy, and our in-store opticians are always here to advise if this is something you’re concerned about.

8. Other eye conditions

An eye test can also detect other eye conditions such as dry eye syndrome, eye infections, and eyelid problems.

Other conditions that an eye test can help you detect are: diabetes, brain tumours, high blood pressure and hearth disease, according to recent studies.

Can an OCT eye test show a brain tumour?

An OCT eye test can be used to detect eye problems that could be linked to the presence of different kinds of brain tumours. The images that your optometrist will see of the inside of your eye can show potential signs of swelling, or where there may be pressure on the optic nerve due to the presence of a tumour or other growth.

Why are regular eye exams important?

Booking in for your annual 3D OCT eye eye exam is an important act of self care when it comes to looking after and enhancing your vision – here’s why. 

Early detection of eye conditions

Many eye conditions do not have obvious symptoms in the early stages, but an eye exam can detect them before they become more serious. Early detection and treatment can help prevent or delay vision loss.

Monitoring of vision changes

Regular eye exams can help monitor any changes in your vision, which may be a sign of an underlying eye condition or a need for a change in your prescription.

Maintaining overall health

An eye exam can also detect underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This is because the blood vessels in the retina can show signs of these conditions, which can prompt further medical investigation and treatment.

Prescription updates

Your vision can change over time, and regular eye exams can help ensure that your glasses prescription is up-to-date, which can improve your visual comfort and quality of life. It’s also the perfect opportunity to choose some new designer prescription glasses from our collection – and we’ve made this process easier than ever before with our eyewear styling consultation

Prevention of accidents

Poor vision can increase your risk of accidents, particularly when driving or operating machinery. Regular eye exams can help ensure that your vision is adequate for these activities and can prevent accidents from happening.

Take care of your vision with a trusted local opticians 

The optometrists at your local independent opticians practice will always be on hand to advise you on anything eye health or vision related. You can contact your local practice for more help, or alternatively, book an appointment online now.

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