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The Importance Of Having Your Eyes Tested Regularly

I want to start off my saying this is not a sponsored post i.e. despite how random it may seem, I’m not getting paid to post about my experience at Vision Express.

This post has merely stemmed from a curiosity as to what damage I’m doing to my eyes by having my head buried in technology, staring at various screens for at least 12 hours a day. I could even go so far as to say I stare at screens for up to 17-18 hours every single day! It makes me kind of gasp when I say it aloud, that can’t be right can it? Maybe not consecutively for 17-18 hours but I definitely look at some form of screen be it a phone, laptop or iPad for at least part of every hour.

Having said that, unbelievably, I hadn’t had my eyes tested in 9 years up until now! And the only reason I had my eyes tested 9 years ago was to get my full drivers license. They say however, that to maintain healthy eyesight, you should be getting your eyes tested every 2 years at least!

Very little research has been done to determine the long-term effects staring at screens for long periods of time has on our eyesight because the way in which we consume media technologically is evolving continuously and at a rapid rate. It’s easily accessible, too easy to access and because of that, it becomes addictive. Before we really know what kind of damage we’re doing long-term it might be too late, and damage could potentially be irreversible.

This to me is even more worrying for children because from very young ages they have access to and free use of iPhones, iPads and laptops. The kind of access to technology we never had growing up.  Sometimes change in vision can be gradual and may not be noticed on a day to day basis, so that’s why I think it’s essential for you and your little ones to get regular eye tests every 2 years!

Regular eye tests can also pick up the early signs of many underlying eye health problems such as diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts and can also indicate potentially serious health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke.

Eye tests at Vision Express cost just €30 and a list of locations in Ireland can be found on their website here: http://www.visionexpress.ie/opticians/

Find out how I got on at my eye test below: