Eye Care Questions
The information provided here is general advice and should not replace a consultation with a qualified optometrist.
How often should I have my eyes tested?
Everyone needs regular eye examinations:
The critical period of development in children is between 0-4 years when eyes are continually changing. If a child has an eye problem, the earlier it is detected the better the long-term outcome. Eye-Q refers children younger than 8 years to a specialist paediatric optometrist.
Between 5-20 years, visual demands grow with school and work. Eye examinations every two years should be a part of a healthy lifestyle.
From 20-40 years eyes tend to change less; however, regular two-yearly checkups are still recommended.
From age 40 onwards, presbyopia (difficulty reading) starts to become apparent. Other changes including glaucoma and cataracts occur more frequently. Once again, eye examinations every two years are recommended - and more often if you experience any visual symptoms.
I had my eyes tested when I was school, why should I bother again?
As we get older, the shape of our eyes change and our lenses become less flexible, making focussing more difficult. This is why many people find they need glasses as they get older. Changing work environments can also affect the way your eyes work. If you are in any doubt, have your eyes checked by a professional.
Which is better for me: glasses or contact lenses?
Most people can choose to wear either glasses or contact lenses, although some conditions, such as a dry or dusty work environment and allergies may exclude some people from using contact lenses. In most cases, the choice is a personal one, based on indivudual preferences and lifestyle. The professionals at Eye-Q will help you to make the decision that is right for you.
What type of lenses do I need?
There is a wide variety of lenses available today, including 'hard' lenses (less comfortable, but more durable and lower priced) and 'soft' lenses, made of a plastic that includes water, and which allows oxygen to reach the cornea. There are also extended wear contact lenses, made of material are designed to last between 14 and 21 days, and daily disposable lenses which carry a lower infection risk. Making the right choice is essential for your success with contact lenses. At Eye-Q we take the time to understand your needs, and to make sure that you do make the right lens choices.
What is vision training?
Not all vision problems require corrective lenses. Some respond well to eye exercises or vision training, which improves the flexibility and co-ordination of the eye muscles. At Eye-Q, we believe that vision training can offer cheap and effective solutions to some problems, and always include this as part of our service. We do not prescribe lenses if the problem can be solved with simple exercises.
What should I know when buying sunglasses?
Sunglasses are much more than a fashion accessory. Wearing the right glasses can protect your eyes from sun damage and premature aging. Make sure that your sunglasses are certified to protect you from the harmful A and B rays of the sun by checking on our special machine at no cost to you.