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Nice to see you, to see you nice. Aside from splurging on designer eyewear, we rarely pamper and care for our eyes, yet we make them work hard all day long. From the moment we stop hitting the snooze button to when we switch off our reading lights and doze off again, our eyes are under strain.
Eye tests are important health checks - the optometrist checks the overall health of your eyes and can find indications of several medical conditions. Many eye diseases are silent and asymptomatic, so regular eye check ups are a very important add-on to your to-do list.
Although there are hundreds of ways to test the eyes, you will only have to go through a few, tailored by the optometrist to suit your individual needs.
A routine eye examination is divided into four phases:
In some cases an ophthalmoscopy will be performed. Some people can be quite scared of anything getting close to their eyes, and an ophthalmoscope is a scary-looking and slightly uncomfortable device, but the exam is quick and painless. You’ll need to have your pupils dilated with eye drops, so you won’t be able to drive for about 4-6 hours afterwards. Always check when booking your appointment - if you are having an ophthalmoscopy, it is a good idea to bring a friend or relative along to guide you through the drop-induced mist.
Eye tests are important for everybody. An eye exam should be performed at least once a year, and it’s recommended to have one up to 2-3 times a year for some people, such as the elderly, pregnant and breast-feeding women, young children and teens.
For some tests you’ll need to have your pupils dilated with eye drops, so you won’t be able to drive for about 4-6 hours afterwards.