Q: How often should you have your eyes examined?
Adults are generally once every two years, unless you are over 40 with a close family history of Glaucoma, then a yearly check-up is often required. Anyone over the age of 60 should generally be seen once a year.
Q: I have a sore or red eye. Should I see my Optometrist or GP?
A: If you have any problem with your eyes, you should see your Optometrist first; as they are eye specialists and have the equipment to properly examine your eyes. Your Optometrist is also able to refer you directly to an eye clinic for an emergency appointment should you require it.
Q: Can you tell if I have Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes?
A: Yes. The eye exam can tell us a lot about your general health and with retinal photographs we can show you any areas which may concern you. We can then advise you on any treatment necessary.
Q: Can I wear contact lenses?
A: Nearly all types of vision, astigmatism, short and long sightedness, can be corrected with contact lenses, even multifocal wearers. If you are interested in trying contact lenses please contact the practice to make an appointment.
Q: Does wearing my glasses make my eyes worse?
A: No. You will find your eyes are more comfortable and you will see more clearly with your glasses on, which means you get used to a higher standard of vision, but this does not mean your eye sight has deteriorated.
Q: At what age should I bring my child for an eye examination?
A: Children can be tested at any age. It is recommended that an optometrist sees them before they start school. So, if you have no concerns, book your child’s first eye exam from the age of 3. However, if there is a history of visual problems in the family or you have any concerns, you should book an appointment right away.
Q: How can you test my child’s eyes if they can’t read?
A: Reading a letter chart is only a very small part of the eye exam and it is not necessary for young children. We check how your child responds to certain visual stimuli and play matching games with toddlers to assess their vision. More importantly, we will also check the health of their eyes.
Q: I think my child sees fine, wouldn’t I know if there was a problem?
A: Unlike adults, children have very flexible eyes and can use their focussing power to make things clear so may never complain of blurry vision. However, vision problems can be the reason why a child does not perform well at school. The earlier a problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment. Children’s eyes are fully developed by the time they are 8 years old so it is very important to have any problems detected before this.
Q: My child had an eye test at school, why do they need to see an optician?
A: A school eye check normally requires children to simply read a letter chart. Short sightedness and lazy eyes may be detected, but long sightedness may be missed and the school checks are not always carried out by an eye care professional therefore there is no check on eye health. If left undetected, some sight defects cannot be corrected once your child is older than 7.
Q: My child often complains of headaches but can see fine, what should I do?
A: Just because your child seems to be able to see well doesn’t mean they wouldn’t benefit from using glasses. Often children who are long sighted will complain of headaches or tired eyes but not blurry vision, this is because they are working their eyes hard in order to be able to see clearly.
Q: Can my child wear Contact Lenses?
A: Children as young as 10 (or younger in some circumstances) can experience the freedom of contact lenses. A child’s maturity and ability to handle contact lenses responsibly is more important than age alone. Physically, a child’s eyes can tolerate contact lenses and usually adapt well to them.