Time to See the Optometrist: 7 Signs You Need An Eye Test

If you begin to experience problems with your eyesight, your doctor may refer you to an optometrist for an eye test. But what exactly are the signs that you need an eye test? Below is a guide to warning signs that you need your vision checked.


If when you look at a bright light source, you begin to see bright, halo-like circles which surround it, you may need an eye test. Seeing halos can be a symptom of cataracts and other conditions which affect the cornea.


If you find yourself suffering from headaches when using a computer, reading or driving, this could be caused by you straining to see. In the majority of cases, this problem can be solved by a pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses. However, you will first need an eye test to establish the condition of your vision.

Blurred vision

There are a number of causes of blurred vision, such as side effects to medication or tiredness. However, if you notice your vision becoming increasingly blurred, it could be a result of a condition such as diabetes or glaucoma. You should book an eye test in order to establish the cause of your blurred vision. 

Red, dry or itchy eyes

Redness, dryness or itching of the eyes can be caused by hay fever or from looking at an electronic screen for an extended time. However, If your eyes are red, dry or itchy on a regular basis, this could suggest a more serious problem with your vision which may require an eye test.

Long or short sighted vision

If you find that you cannot focus on objects which are nearby or far away, you may have developed long or short sightedness. You will need an eye test to confirm this before being fitted with corrective glasses or contact lenses. 


Floaters are small, transparent shapes which some people see crossing their field of vision. Although they are harmless and normally a result of age, if they are causing you concern, you should book an eye test.

Family history

If there is a history of macular degeneration, diabetes, high blood pressure or glaucoma in your family, you should periodically have your eyes tested in order to detect the development of any complications.

If you have any concerns about your eyesight, you should book an appointment with an optometrist. They will be able to carry out any necessary testing and treatment.