Should I have my eyes tested?

Should I have my eyes tested?

In this post, we outline some of the factors which suggest you need an eye test.

It is important that all children of pre-school and school going age and in particular children with a family history of lazy eyes, squint, strabismus or with any of these signs should have an eye test as soon as possible. This screening should be done every year between be ages of 4 and 9. These years are the elastic years where the eyes are growing and developing rapidly and early detection is essential.

Colour vision is assessed, depth perception is also measured as well as other tests. Any individual who has a family history of glaucoma, age related macular degeneration or diabetes or who has any of the named conditions:

  • A patient who has cataracts.
  • Diabetic patients.
  • People who are experiencing double vision
  • People who find it difficult to see things that are familiar to them, eg the tv of familiar faces.
  • People who experience sudden onset of flashing lights, floaters, cobwebs .
  • People with sudden temporary loss if vision.
  • Over 40s tend to experience reduced vision for close up tasks. This is not serious and simple corrective
  • lenses can rectify this.
  • All drivers should have an eye screening to ensure that they meet the visual standards for driving.
  • All contact lens wearers should have an eye health test done annually to ensure that the contact lenses
  • are not damaging the cornea.
  • All computer users as many suffer from eye strain.
  • People with dry eye symptoms.

Did you know that if you have a medical card, or if you pay full rate PRSI , you will be covered for an eye health check every two years. If you suffer from an eye condition, you will be covered for an annual eye test?