When last did you have an eye test? Some readers might say they’ve never had an eye test as they’ve never needed one. That may be correct, but you also might not be aware of underlying issues. It’s possible that your eyes are in need of expert assistance, but you just don’t know it.
Eye tests are not only about ensuring that you can see properly, although this is an important facet. Many people experience headaches due to having near or short-sightedness, or an astigmatism. All of these can be picked up with an eye test, but tests also determine the overall health of your eyes.
According to the Department Of Health, 75% of cases of blindness are preventable. This makes it important to commit to having an annual test that will pick up any issues before they become problematic. Certain diseases such as diabetes and hypertension can also be picked up from an eye test.
- Hypertension or high blood pressure can be picked up due to the nature of the blood vessels behind the eye
- Diabetes can be picked up in the small capillaries of the retina. They may leak blood or a yellowish fluid, which is detectable in an eye test
- Early signs of glaucoma can be detected in an eye test, which can result in the prevention of vision loss
- Early signs of cataracts can also be picked up in a regular eye exam