Do you need an eye test if you have “perfect vision”?

Often people are of the belief that if you have perfect eye sight and have no struggles with “seeing” then an eye test is not needed. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Eye tests play a huge part in making sure your eyes stay healthy. Not only are they important for indicating whether you need to start wearing glasses or need to change your prescription, they are also key to detecting some common eye conditions and investigating symptoms such as cataracts, cloudy vision and floaters.

Published figures show that 45% of adults living in the UK did not realise that eye tests can detect problems with the retina, blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. One in ten people discover in an eye test that they need glasses or treatment, when they had no idea that there was a problem. Furthermore, 15% of patients in the UK are diagnosed with an eye condition too late for treatment to be effective.

Despite these startling statistics, relatively few people have regular eye tests comforted by their seemingly “perfect vision”. Only 38% of adults have an eye test every two years, including those who wear glasses or contact lenses. Among those who do not wear glasses or contact lenses, 14% have an eye test only once every six to ten years. This strongly indicates that many conditions are going undiagnosed due to the widespread reluctance to have regular eye tests.

Experts recommend having regular eye tests regardless of your vision to ensure that any underlying issues are detected at an early stage.