Four signs you need an eye test

Eye health conditions are common in Australia.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, more than 13 million Australians had one or more chronic eye conditions in 2017-2018.

This included 7.2 million people diagnosed as having long-sightedness (hyperopia) and 6.3 million with short-sightedness (myopia).

So, how do you know when it is time for an eye test?
  1. Things are blurry: If you find that you are trying to read the newspaper or your book while holding it away from yourself, or you are struggling to read the road signs while you are driving, it could be a sign it is time for an eye test.
  2. You have trouble seeing at dusk or at night: If it is taking your eyes a little while to adjust as the sun is setting, or you have problems driving in the dark, it is worth booking an appointment with an optometrist. Those who are nearsighted may find it hard to see long distances in low light, especially if you currently wear glasses and the prescription isn’t high enough.
  3. You are having headaches, your eyes feel strained or sensitive to light: According to Optometry Australia 2020 Vision Index Report, almost half of Australians who seek advice from their optometrist complain they have sensitivity to light. Frowning or squinting as you try to focus is also a sign it is time for an eye test.
  4. You are seeing things you shouldn’t be seeing: Ever experienced double-vision or halos? Things looking a little cloudy or do you have a black dot floating across your eye? These are other reasons to visit an optometrist sooner rather than later as you may be experiencing the symptoms of cataracts or macular degeneration.
If you do have problems with your vision or eye health, it is suggested that you have frequent tests, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, have had a stroke or a neurological condition. It is best to discuss this with your optometrist to come up with a plan that suits you.
- Information sourced from: Optometry Australia 2020 Vision Index Report,  
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and
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