Need to get an eye test? Here's what you can expect from your appointment

Eye tests play a huge part in making sure your eyes stay healthy. They are important for indicating whether you need to start wearing glasses or need to change your prescription, and can also detect common medical conditions.

Anyone can develop problems with their sight, but some people may be at a higher risk than others. This includes those aged 40 and over who have a family history of glaucoma and those aged 60 or over. If you're in one of these categories, it's worth speaking to your optometrist to find out how often you should be getting your eyes tested.

Here's how it works:

  1. When you arrive at the store, a team member will transfer you to one of the clinical assistants who will take you straight through for your diagnostic tests before you see your optometrist.
  2. After your eye test, you will be given a copy of your prescription and a team member will help you choose frames and lenses, or contact lenses, to suit your prescription and lifestyle needs.
  3. Specsavers recommends that you book an eye test at least every two years. However, if you notice any difference in your vision, fall into a certain age group, or have started experiencing other symptoms, it's best to book an appointment as soon as possible.

From diagnostic testing to dispensing and fitting of the glasses, Specsavers Optometrist David Alridge explains what you can expect from an eye test and why it's not only important for your eye health, but overall health as well. 

Watch the video above to learn more about it. 

Specsavers stores are open at alert level 2, and anyone in alert level 3 can call their local store for a phone consultation if it's urgent. 

This article was created for Specsavers.