The importance of regular eye examinations

Ask yourself three questions about the state of your eyes.

Why examine the eyes?

Routine eye examinations are an important part of maintaining healthy eyes and preventing potential eye diseases from developing. Some eye diseases do not cause symptoms and therefore it can be difficult for patients to realise they have a problem.

What can eye examinations find?

Eye examinations can detect eye diseases that develop, sometimes unnoticeably and without vision problems. Such common diseases that develop without symptoms include lazy eyes (common in children) and glaucoma in adults. Unfortunately, in most cases patients are unaware they have glaucoma until it is found in the later phases.

Who should get examined?

The recommendation is that any child should have an eye examination at around two and a half to three years of age, even if there is no family history of eye disease.

All adults should have a checkup at the age of 40 and then on a regular basis. Some people shouldn’t wait until they are 40 to have a comprehensive eye exam.

If you have an eye disease or if you have a risk factor for developing one, such as myopia (short sightless), diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye disease, you should see an ophthalmologist even if you are younger than 40.

As you age, it’s especially important that you have your eyes checked regularly because your risk for eye diseases increases.

If you are 65 or older, make sure you have your eyes checked every year or two for detecting signs of the most common age-related eye diseases such as cataractsage-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Our complete Eye Test in Dubai

A comprehensive eye exam is relatively simple and comfortable and usually takes between 45 to 90 minutes. The exam should include checks on the following:

  • Your medical history
  • Your visual acuity
  • Your pupil
  • Your peripheral (side) vision
  • Your eye movement
  • Your prescription for corrective lenses
  • Your eye pressure
  • The front part of your eye (cornea)
  • The back part of your eye (retina and optic nerve)

What does an eye test cost in Dubai?

The cost of an eye check-up in Dubai will depend on where you have your tests, which tests are done and who carries them out.

Speak to your eye hospital or doctor for advice and information.

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