Do I need an eye test?
How often do I need an eye test?
Eye tests play a huge part in making sure your eyes stay healthy. Not only are they important for indicating whether you need to start wearing glasses or need to change your prescription, but also for detecting some common medical conditions.
We recommend that you book an eye test at least every two years. However, if you notice any difference in your vision, fall into a certain age group, or have started experiencing some of the symptoms we’ve outlined below, it’s best to book an eye test appointment as soon as possible.
Anyone can develop problems with their sight, but some groups of people may be at a higher risk. This includes those aged 40 and over who have a family history of glaucoma and those aged 60 or over. If you fall into these categories it’s worth speaking to your optometrist to find out often you will need an eye test.
Many children will start needing prescription eyewear in their teens, as this is a prime time for the development of near-sightedness, or myopia. It’s important to encourage teenagers to get into the habit of regular eye examinations. Uncorrected vision problems can affect all aspects of their lives: their studies at school or university; their job; even their social life or ability to play sport.
If they need help with their vision, there are all sorts of solutions – from regular glasses to prescription sunglasses, contact lenses and even prescription goggles.
Changes to your vision are a natural part of the ageing process and commonly occur around your 40s, so it’s important to have your eyes tested regularly once you reach this age, and with an early diagnosis most age-related conditions can be managed effectively.
As a parent we believe it’s important you have regular sight tests. Some eye problems run in the family, so identifying any problems you may have will also benefit your children.
Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and your eyes can be affected too. Fluctuations in hormone levels can lead to dry eyes, blurred or distorted vision, or spots and floaters. Don’t worry if you experience any of these problems; the chances are they developed naturally and will disappear in the same way after childbirth, But it’s always important to visit your optometrist or GP if you do have any problems, just in case these symptoms are something other than hormonal changes.
We advise that children should have their first eye examination at around three years old. Learning difficulties can sometimes be caused by uncorrected vision problems, so the earlier they can be detected, the better the chance of correcting them.
Vision plays an important part in your child's development, so its important to keep on top of their eye health. However, it can be difficult to work out whether they are having problems with their eyes. Visit our dedicated section about children's eyecare to learn about some of the symptoms to look out for.
*Free exam for AA Members applies to standard eye examinations only, normally valued at $60. Excludes contact lens examination and visual field checks. Limited to one per AA Member every two years. Available to current AA Members upon presentation of AA Membership card.