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How often should you have an eye test? We asked the experts.

How often should I have an eye test? A good question for all those who wear glasses or contact lenses, and those who suffer from blurred vision, headaches or other eye-related problems. Because an eye test can not only determine your dioptres, it can also detect serious eye diseases.

Is one test in two years enough, or should it rather be once a year or more, and what are the factors that play a role in this decision?

Our editors asked the optometrists and eye doctors at Lentiamo to determine how often you should get your eyes tested. Read on!

So how regularly should you have an eye test?

How often you take an eye test depends on various factors. For one thing, it depends on how old you are and thus how old your eyes are. Scientists say that eyes grow quickly after birth. That is why babies' eyes are routinely tested after they are born and 6 months later.

The eyes of young adults don't need to be examined as often because our eyes stop getting longer at the age of 20 to 21.

However, as we get older, our eyes continue to change, especially after the age of 40. Around this time, our eyes start to lose their ability to focus. This condition is known as presbyopia, and some people experience more loss of focus than others.

Eye tests according to your age

Our optometrists and ophthalmologists recommend:

  • If you are younger than 40, you should have an eye test every 2 years, regardless of whether or not you have a visual impairment such as myopia or hyperopia.
  • If you are 40 or older, you should have your eyes tested once a year.
  • Children should have annual eye tests.

Are you interested in the procedure of eye tests and which tests they include? Read our eye exam guide or browse through our complete glasses guide.


How often should you have an eye test

Eye tests depending on pre-existing conditions

Another important factor in determining the frequency of your eye tests is whether you have any medical conditions such as diabetes or glaucoma. These may concern either yourself or someone in your family.

Our ophthalmologists recommend:

  • If you had eye problems or illnesses in the past
  • if you're at risk of developing an ophtamological disease
  • or if someone in your family has one

you should have an eye test at least once a year.


The ophthalmologists at Lentiamo strongly recommend that you have your eyes and vision checked regularly. An eye test not only determines whether your dioptres are still sufficient, but can also help detect serious eye diseases that could be the cause of your blurred vision.

How much does an eye test cost?

The HSE provides an eye testing service to Medical Card holders, known as the Community Ophthalmic Services Scheme. This service offers free eye examination and glasses if required.

With the prescription you will receive from your optician, you can easily try on your favorite glasses at Lentiamo.ie and send them to your home! Enjoy browsing and do not hesitate to contact our customer service on info@lentiamo.ie



Sources:

1. The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/…ave-eye-test
2. Royal National Institute of Blind People, https://www.rnib.org.uk/…20report.pdf
3. Association of Optometrists, https://www.aop.org.uk/…oucher-guide
4. Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/…ur-eyes-grow#…

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Leonie is the head of content at Lentiamo. She researches medical content, discusses complex matters with our opticians and creates educational texts for our blog, glossary and various guides. Her speciality is to make complex ophthalmological issues understandable.

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