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.

Temporary Closure: COVID-19

Operating Emergency and Essential Eyecare only.

This includes replacement glasses, deliveries and contact lens replenishment.
Gosforth: 0191 2851603         
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Covid -19 FAQ's

Whilst transmission is via viral respiratory particles we know that viral particles can be found in the tears and this can cause viral conjunctivitis. It is probable that the affected individual will experience primary symptoms such as fever and cough.

The latest advice for contact lens wearers is that there is no evidence to date that contact lens wear should be avoided by healthy individuals, or that contact lens wearers are more at risk of contracting coronavirus then those wearing spectacles.
To help maintain healthy contact lens wear, all contact lenses wearers should follow correct lens wear and care instructions, including thoroughly washing and drying your hands before handling, applying and removing your contact lenses. Spectacles should be washed regularly using warm soapy water. In the absence of the diagnosis of COVID-2 and in the absence of symptoms of fever, cough, red eye or discharge and provided that scrupulous hygiene is practised then contact lens wear is permissible. Social distancing ( minimum of 2m) should be exercised. Spectacle wear would be the preferred mode of sight correction or daily wear contact lens wear.

We offer an emergency replenishment service to our own patients . Simply email. We will ask some clinical questions in the absence of conducting a review and accordingly will arrange a delivery.

If you experience any sudden change / loss in your vision, pain, redness, flashes and floaters (black spots) in your vision or any other concerns related to your eyes, Please send us an email to If you do not have access to email, please telephone 0191 2851603. We will respond within 4 working hours with the most appropriate advice.

We offer an emergency reglazing service to our own patients’ frames. Simply email and we will arrange a delivery and reglazing service.

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