Why Regular Eye Tests are Essential

We all know the feeling of receiving a letter from our doctor, dentist or optician, telling us that’s it’s time for us to have a test or check-up. Many of us are so used to putting off these appointments that we automatically ignore the reminders, but is this necessarily a good idea? By postponing medical appointments, including eye tests, we’re not prioritising our health, and we all know how important it is to be healthy. Read on below to find out how often we really need to have an eye test and how to arrange your next appointment.

What the Experts Say

Research conducted by Censuswide and reported in the Optegra healthcare Vision of Britain report, surveyed 2,000 people in the UK over the age of 16 about their experiences with eye tests and eye health. The results were astounding, as it was discovered that one in six adults don’t have regular eye tests. It is recommended by the NHS that all members of the population over the age of 16 have their eyes tested at least once every two years. However, according to the research, even those who wear glasses postpone their eye tests. The research found that, of those who weren’t having regular eye tests, 24% made this choice because they didn’t want to wear glasses. A quarter of those who don’t have regular eye tests believe that wearing glasses can make your eyes worse, which is untrue.

Valuing Our Eye Sight

The British public claim that their eye sight is the sense they value the most, with more than half of people in the study claiming that it is the most important sense to them. Unsurprisingly, 82% of people surveyed say they would like to have 20:20 vision. But despite this, many people are still neglecting their eye health and only 38% of those asked have their eyes tested every two years. If you believe that you require reading glasses, or any other form of vision support, you should book an appointment with your eye care professional.

*The research referred to throughout is to the independent research completed by Censuswide in January 2017 as reported in the Optegra Eye Health Care Vision of Britain report.

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