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Your Eye Test Explained

At Lenstore, an eye test is about much more than measuring how well you can see. It’s also about protecting your eye health and ultimately, your long-term vision. 

So, to make it super easy for you to book your next eye test, we’re arming you with everything you need to know about the check-ups available and why you need them. 

3 reasons why regular eye tests are important: 

  1. Better vision means a better quality of life. Seeing well enables us to learn, work and fully interact with the world around us. 
  2. An eye test can reveal early signs of eye conditions, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. The earlier the problem is picked up, the greater the chance of successful treatment. 
  3. Eye tests can also detect signs of other health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

How often do you need an eye test?

Even if you’re blessed with 20/20 vision, it’s recommended that you have an eye test at least once every two years, depending on your age and medical history. 

What to expect in an eye test

A routine test takes around 30 minutes and usually includes:

An Eye Health Screening - Before you see the optometrist, an optical assistant will carry out a few health checks. These range from simple tests, like checking the pressure of your eyes and your visual fields, to advanced photos and scans designed to spot the smallest changes in the eye’s structure.

Optometrist Check - Now you’re ready to see the optometrist for a health review and a couple more checks, including the familiar letter chart and a refraction test to determine your prescription. Your optometrist will also assess the movement of your eyes using a muscle test, also known as an ocular motility test. 

If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring them along to your appointment. Your optometrist will want to make sure your current prescription is the best possible fit. 

What does a contact lens assessment look like?

If you’re considering contacts, an assessment will help you find the perfect fit. In a 30-minute appointment, your optician will check the health of your eyes, measure the curve of your eye and choose the lenses best suited to your lifestyle. 

Once you’ve found your match, you’ll be shown how to insert and remove your contacts, as well as how to care for them. When you’re feeling confident, your optician will start you off with a free trial. 

Contact Lens Aftercare

To make sure your eyes stay healthy and your vision remains clear and comfortable, your optician will call you back once a year for an aftercare appointment.

Due a Check-Up? 

We work closely with our long-standing and trusted partner, Vision Express, to make eye tests and contact lens check-ups available to everyone. Click here to book an appointment in just three easy steps.