Regular eye tests are important because your eyes don't usually hurt when something is wrong. A sight test is a vital health check for your eyes that can pick up early signs of eye conditions before you're aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough.
Optometrists recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years.
However, in some circumstances, they may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests; for example if you:
- are a child wearing glasses
- have diabetes
- are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
- are aged 70 or over
The eye A&E team offers emergency treatment for urgent, sight-threatening problems.
- Chemical injuries to the eye – always wash the eye out for 10-15 minutes before attending A&E
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden onset of a painful red eye
- Injury to the eye.
The nearest eye A&E is located at Moorfields Eye Hospital, 162 City Road, London EC1V 2PD
Tel: 020 7253 3411