Do you need an eye exam?

How Do I Know It’s Time to Get My Eyes Checked

An eye examination is an important part of life. Just like you go to the dentist, doctors, hairdressers, an eye examination should become part of your routine. Here we help you understand when to recognise it’s time for your next eye examination. 

You can't remember when you had your last eye examination.

If you can’t remember it was probably a while ago. Your eyes don’t hurt when something is wrong. Many eye conditions have no symptoms at first, and they may go unnoticed and continue to worsen over time and could lead to sight loss.

It's all blurry

If you are experiencing sudden blurriness or unfocused vision, it could be a sign of a bigger health issue. If you start to notice that the writing in books becomes fuzzy when read up close it could be an indicator that your prescription has changed and you need to visit the opticians.

Your gut feeling

If you feel like something might be wrong with your eyes, don’t wait until your next appointment with the optician. You may be experiencing early signs of eye disease or eye infection or injury and you should get it checked.

Family history of Glaucoma or Diabetes

Diabetes and Glaucoma affect the eyes and if you either or have a family history you must have an eye examination frequently. Also, if you have a personal or family history of eye disease, including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or macular degeneration you need to have your eye tested regularly.


When the cornea and lens fails to focus, the small muscles in the eyes work harder, which causes eye strain and can result in headaches. This indicates a change in vision and you should get an eye examination.

Floaters or flashes of light

If you see floaters or flashes of light in your vision, this could indicate a serious eye disorder like a hole, detachment, or retinal tear. Small specks that move in your visual field are called floaters; they are deceiving because they often look like they are part of what you are looking at the outside of your eye but they are floating inside your eye.

Night time driving is difficult

You have difficulty driving at night and seeing street signs in the dark you could benefit from an eye examination and some specialist lenses. It’s worth keeping yourself and others safe on the roads by having an eye examination.

Red, sore or itchy eyes

This is usually a sign of dry eyes. Dry eyes is caused when we produce less tear because we blink less. There are many things we can do to help alleviate dry eyes. You can book yourself into one of our specialist dry eye clinics.

An eye examination is an important part of your life because your eyes are precious and the last thing you would want is vision loss.

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