Visiting your optician on a regular basis is the most important measure you can take to ensure you enjoy good eye health and vision for as long as possible.
Use our online tool to find an optician near you here.
- Which type of optician should I see?
A good place to start is to have a routine eye examination with an optometrist or ophthalmic optician. Our find an optician tool will help you find an optometrist or ophthalmic optician local to you, who you can visit for a routine eye exam.
If necessary, he or she may refer you to an ophthalmologist or an orthoptist for further investigation. You can find out more about the different opticians and role they may play in your eye health here.
- What will happen during the eye exam?
Your optician will check your eye health and vision. Your eyes can provide a unique window into your general health, so he or she will be looking for signs you are physically healthy too. They will use specialist equipment to test your vision and check for any eye conditions, such as glaucoma.
If you are unsure of the type of questions you should ask during your eye exam, you can find out what to ask your optician here.
- What will my optician want to know?
Tell your optician if you have:
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Poor night vision
- Shapes floating across your field of vision (floaters)
- Trouble tracking moving objects or judging distances
- Difficulty distinguishing reds and greens
- Sudden flashes of light in your vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Any problem with your vision that has been bothering you
- Headaches or eye strain
You should also speak to your optician about:
- Your general health
- Any injuries, chronic conditions or allergies you have
- Medications you are taking
- Operations you have had
- Your family eye history, particularly if a member of your family has experienced an eye or vision condition, such as glaucoma or cataracts
- Any concerns you may have about your current vision correction option
- Your work and hobbies, with regards to your vision needs
- How best to protect your eyes from sun exposure and UV damage
You should also visit your optician immediately if you notice any changes to your vision and seek the advice of your GP if your eyes become painful, red, inflamed or irritated.
For more information about eye problems, visit our eye conditions section.
- Should my children see an optician to check their eye health and vision?
Yes. Children can see an optician to assess their eye health and vision at any age. Vision problems can be a reason why a child does not perform well at school, so it is recommended that children have an eye exam before they start school and then again at regular intervals.
- How often should I have my eyes checked to ensure that they are healthy?
You should always return for a routine eye exam at the intervals your optician has recommended.