We all rely on our eyesight in every aspect of our daily lives. Much of what we do depends on having clear vision.
Yet some people don’t have their eyes examined at regular intervals. Part of the reason for this is that eyes don’t let you know in an obvious way when something is wrong. Often deterioration is gradual, so you may not notice a change in your vision. Regular eye examinations are important because the sooner a vision problem is detected, the greater the chance of successful treatment.
More than just identifying whether your eyesight needs correcting, the eye examination can reveal a number of underlying health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes. An eye examination is a vital health check that should be part of everyone’s normal health regime.
Unless otherwise advised, you should have an eye examination every two years. It may be necessary to have them more frequently, depending on your age and medical history.
Just as children visit the dentist on a regular basis, they should also visit the family Eye Doctor. Many eyesight defects, such as astigmatism, long or shortsightedness or squint can be inherited. If there is a history of any of these in your family your child’s eyesight should be tested regularly.
If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to meet the visual standard for driving, it's vital to ensure you wear them at all times. Every day tens of thousands of motorists drive without their glasses because of vanity, or because they have forgotten them, or because they are only driving a short distance. No matter what the reason, these people are a potential danger to themselves and others on the road.
Make sure you keep your glasses and contact lenses clean at all times. It is also a good idea to keep a cleaning cloth in the car. It's also sensible to keep a spare pair of glasses in the car so that you never forget them. This is also important if you normally wear contact lenses because on a long trip when your eyes get tired it is often more comfortable to switch to a pair of glasses.
If you need to wear prescription glasses to drive, never replace them with non-prescription sunglasses. Instead, get a pair of prescription sunglasses or clip-on lenses over your prescription lenses. When using clip-on sunglasses make sure you check their suitability for plastic lenses.