Should I have an eye test?

Sight test appointments usually last 30 to 40 minutes. Your optometrist will tailor the examination according to your individual circumstance, taking into account your age, medical history and lifestyle. We recommend that everyone over the age of 40 should see an optician (optometrist) or medical specialist for an eye test every two years. This is particularly important if you have a close relative with glaucoma (brother, sister, parent or child), if you are African Caribbean, Asian, diabetic, have low blood pressure, or are short sighted. If you have to pay for your sight tests, the cost can start at around £20.

My sight is fine – why test for glaucoma?

With a simple eye test, your optometrist could not only pick up eye conditions such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Macular degeneration
  • Dry eye
  • Inflammation of the cornea

But they could also detect the signs of other conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Thyroidtoxicosis
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Pituitary tumours
  • Raised cholesterol
  • Shingles

Am I at risk of glaucoma?

  • Are you over 40?
  • Do you have a family history of glaucoma?
  • Are you short sighted?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Are you of African-Caribbean origin?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you are at increased risk and should definitely have your eyes tested regularly (at least every two years).

Arranging a test for glaucoma

Am I entitled to a free test?