How often should I have my eyes tested?
Most people should have an eye examination at least every two years.
Your optometrist (optician) will be able to let you know how often you need to have your eyes tested. If you haven't had an eye examination for a number of years, then it is a good idea to have your eyes tested as soon as possible.
Some eye conditions, in particular glaucoma, don't cause symptoms and the only way to detect them is to have your eyes tested.
If you have a sudden change in your vision, lose part or all of your vision in one or both eyes, have a very painful eye or have an accident which affects your eye, you should go straight to your local accident and emergency department.
Our information on eye examinations will let you know more.