How Regularly Should You Be Getting Eye Tests?
The College of Optometrists recommends that everyone over the age of 16 should have an eye test every two years, and more frequently if they have an eye problem. Children should have annual tests.
Eye tests can pick up medical problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure before they become symptomatic because these conditions lead to changes in the blood vessels at the back of your eye. Other problems, such as age-related macular degeneration, where the central part of the back of the eye stops working and you lose vision directly in front of you, cataracts, which cloud your vision, and glaucoma, in which fluid builds up inside the eye, can all be detected by routine eye tests. Some of these conditions are more treatable than others.
How Often Do I Need New Glasses?
Many of us go for years at a time without considering changing out our glasses because we doggedly believe that we can still see perfectly with our old lenses.
Though you may be able to “see just fine” with your current eyeglasses, if you are using an outdated prescription, you may be causing yourself undue eyestrain. Our prescriptions change subtly over time, so while you may believe that you’re seeing everything perfectly, you are probably actually having to unconsciously strain your eyes to see adequately.
Our eyes will naturally try to focus on items we are trying to see, so you may not notice yourself straining to see something properly. However, if you get frequent headaches, neck aches, or seem to be squinting often, you are probably having to try too hard to focus your eyes, which means you need a new prescription for your glasses.
Your glasses should be replaced when your optometrist recommends that they should be. This usually will occur in tandem with your regular eye exam.
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