Research1 revealing that more than one million Australians have never had their eyes tested has led to the development of the OPSM Eye Check App—a fast and easy way to get a better understanding of your vision.
Why do we need eye tests?
Peter Murphy, Director of Eyecare and Community for OPSM said eye tests are important for checking the health of a person’s eyes.
“The misconception is that only those who have corrective eyewear need to have their eyes tested. However eye tests can also pick up on eye diseases such as glaucoma, as well as indicators for broader health issues such as diabetes.”
When do we need to get our eyes checked?
For adults, a baseline eye examination is recommended at age 40. From 40 onwards, it is normal to experience ongoing changes in your vision, and you are at much higher risk of certain eye conditions. While many of these changes or conditions can be easily treated, often you won’t know if it is something serious – and some conditions can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.
Some people will need to get their eyes tested earlier, and more regularly. For example, if you have an eye disease or if you have a risk factor for developing certain health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you have a family history of glaucoma.
If you think you may have a problem with your eyes or vision – at any age – you should consult an optometrist immediately.
How the OPSM Eye Check App can help
According to the report, the most common reasons we aren’t getting our eyes checked as much as we should is lack of time and the perceived cost of an eye test — despite the fact that standard eye tests are bulk billed at OPSM for eligible Medicare card holders..
In response to this research, OPSM has created the OPSM Eye Check App to give Australians a better understanding of their vision.
The free app takes users through a series of screenings for Near Distance, Contrast Sensitivity, Distance Vision, Astigmatism and Colour Vision in about two to three minutes.
The app can help a user gauge if they may have an issue with any of these areas of their vision, and book an eye test at their local OPSM store directly from the app. It is not a substitute for a full eye test with an optometrist.
Learn more about looking after your eyes.
1 The OPSM Question Your Vision Report (2013).