Eye examinations

Most people should have their eyes tested at least once every two years.

Having an eye examination

Having an eye examination is an important health check for your eyes. Your optometrist will be able to tell you how often you need an eye examination. Most people should have an eye examination every two years even if you have no problems with your vision and don't need glasses.

Before your eye examination explains the importance of having regular eye examinations and addresses the concerns you may have.

During your eye examination goes through each step of the examination you will have with an optometrist and the procedure for being referred to an ophthalmologist.

After your eye examination looks at the results you may receive following an eye examination and how to better understand any eye conditions you may have.

Further information and support

Following an eye examination, you may be referred to an ophthalmologist at a hospital eye health department. Find out about referral to a hospital for diagnosis

If you have recently been diagnosed by an ophthalmologist as having an eye condition, find out more about being newly diagnosed

For details about optometrists, ophthalmologists, ECLOs and other eye health professionals, refer to our who does what in eye care page.

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