How often do I need an eye exam?

Your optometrist will typically recommend that you book an eye exam at least every two years. However, if you notice any changes to your vision, fall into a certain age group, or have started experiencing some of the symptoms we’ve outlined below, it’s best to book an eye exam as soon as possible.

Over 40s

Changes to your vision are a natural part of the ageing process and commonly occur after the age of 40. Those aged 40 and over who have a family history of glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, those with diagnosed diabetes, and those aged 60 or over. Your optometrist might recommend that you have your eyes examined regularly once you reach this age, as with an early diagnosis most age-related conditions can be managed effectively.


Teenage years can be a prime time for the development of near-sightedness (myopia) and eye strain, so we’d recommend that teens come in for regular eye exams. Uncorrected vision problems can affect all aspects of their lives – from their studies at school or university, their job, and even their social life or ability to play sport. 

Luckily, there are all kinds of options to help them see comfortably, like wearing glasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses.


Vision has really important role in your child's development, so it’s important to keep on top of their eye health. We know how tricky it can be to work out whether your child is seeing clearly and comfortably, but a trip to see an optometrist will help to make sure their vision and eye health are in good condition.


Your optometrist might recommend that your child should come in for their first eye exam at around three years old. Learning and developmental challenges can sometimes be caused by uncorrected vision problems, so the earlier they can be detected, the better the chance of correcting them.


Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy, and your eyes can be affected too. Fluctuations in hormone levels can lead to dry eyes, blurred or distorted vision, or spots and floaters in your vision. Some of these symptoms are just temporary, natural changes but it’s always important to visit your optometrist if you do experience any changes to your vision, just to be sure.

Noticed a change in your eyesight?

If you have any concerns about your eye health, contact or visit your local optometrist immediately – even if you do not have an appointment.

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