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Myth Busters - Common Eye Test Misconceptions

We can all agree that having healthy eyes is important, but did you know that according to a study conducted by Vision 2020 less than half of Australians can even recall having their eyes tested in the last 2 years. According to Vision 2020 Australia, 28% of Australians do not get an eye test regularly (every two years), with almost 50% of these people believing it is not a health priority, and 16% believing it is too expensive. Although common, these reasons are often related to misconceptions about eye tests. Let's clear the air and bust these myths.

Myth: Eye Tests are Unnecessary

Those who don't wear glasses or contacts might think, why would I need an eye test, and that's a fair question, what most people don't know is that your optometrist can not only help detect serious eye diseases such as glaucoma, but also early signs of more serious diseases and conditions through a comprehensive eye exam. Eye exams can detect signs of chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

And although you might not have needed vision correction in the past, your eyes can change as you age. Perhaps when you were younger you could see objects up close, but as you get older those objects start to become blurry or off focus. These changes in your vision can be detected early at an eye examination with your optometrist, usually conducted every two years.

Myth: Eye Tests and Glasses are Expensive

Most eye tests are bulk billed through Medicare, so are at no extra charge to you, and generally take between 30 minutes to an hour. If after your comprehensive eye examination, your optometrist recommends prescription glasses, they will then discuss all the options available to you and find one to suit your needs. If your optometrist is a VSP Network Optometrist, then you can also receive additional benefits on your frames, and lenses.