How often should I have an eye examination (eye test)?

Most people should have an eye examination at least every two years. You might need to have an examination more often if your age, medical history or other factors put you at higher risk of developing an eye condition.

Your optometrist (optician) will be able to let you know how often you need to have your eyes examined. If you haven't had an eye examination for a number of years, then it is a good idea to have your eyes tested as soon as possible.

Some eye conditions, in particular glaucoma, don't cause symptoms and the only way to detect them is to have your eyes examined.

If you have a sudden change in your vision, lose part or all of your vision in one or both eyes, have a very painful eye or have an accident which affects your eyes, you should go straight to your local accident and emergency department.

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