So, you don’t think you need regular eye tests because you can read this text with no issue at all?

You don’t need to squint, you’re not holding your phone far away or sitting back in your chair to make the words come into focus – and you’re not increasing the zoom size! 

As far as you think, your vision is fine! You’re not getting headaches and you’ve never been in a position where seeing things is a challenge.

So, you never even think about going to the opticians for an eye test. It’s one of those things you avoid unless you spot any worrying signs. 

In reality, eye tests should be part of your somewhat regular health checkups. There are many reasons you need to get your eyes tested even when you think you’ve got 20/20 vision.

Detect Eye Problems Very Early

Eyes are susceptible to a variety of problems throughout your life. You’ve probably heard of cataracts or macular degeneration, both of which can lead to long-term vision problems.

More than that, both will require pretty expensive surgery to correct, but regular eye tests can prevent this. 

Most modern opticians will have state-of-the-art ophthalmic diagnostic imaging machines capable of detecting eye problems way earlier than usual.

As a result, your optician can recommend preventative measures to ensure you don’t have to deal with things like cataracts, macular degeneration or glaucoma.

In the long run it keeps your eyes healthier (and your bank balance a lot happier). 

Spot Serious Health Problems

You’re likely aware that seeing a dentist can help detect serious health conditions like neck or mouth cancer. But did you know that an eye test can do similar things?

We tend to associate eye tests with vision loss, yet they help spot very severe health issues. 

For context, here are some of the major health problems an eye examination can detect: 

  • Brain tumours
  • Aneurysm
  • Various cancers
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

The list is (surprisingly) very long and extends beyond these issues. There aren’t many health checkups that can detect these things, so it pays to get your eyes tested once a year.

Even if your vision hasn’t changed, it gives you peace of mind knowing that nothing else untoward is lingering in your body. 

Maintain Good Vision

Eye tests help you track your vision over the years. You might think it’s fine, but when was the last time you had a proper eye test?

The majority of people’s eyesight will fade as they get older, but you can maintain good vision and avoid glasses for as long as possible with good habits. 

Seeing your optician will mean you have a clear view of your vision and what you can do to keep it in excellent condition. You might not leave with a new pair of glasses, but you will have some useful advice to take even better care of your eyes. 

The bottom line is that an eye test is just as important as any other health test. It’s not something you should put off or wait until you experience symptoms.

Get into the habit of booking one at least once a year to maintain excellent health. 

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