Sight tests

An eye test doesn’t just check to see whether you need glasses – it’s also a vital check on the health of your eyes.

Everyone aged 60 and over qualifies for a free NHS-funded sight test every 2 years – if you are under 60, you may still be eligible for a free test.

A sight test checks your vision straight ahead, as well as your peripheral vision. The test also looks for age-related changes, as well as eye conditions such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma, which can lead to sight loss.

These conditions can be detected at an early stage, usually before you’ve even noticed that anything is wrong.

How often should I get my eyes tested?

You should have an eye test every 2 years or as often as your optician advises.

Make sure you get a regular check, regardless of whether you live at home or in a care home, even if you think your sight is fine. If you notice any changes in your vision, get it checked as soon as possible.

If you're not happy with the service from your optician, talk to them first. If this doesn't resolve things, contact the Optical Complaints Service.

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