We're so lucky here in Australia where an eye examination with your local optometrist is free. Yes it is, thanks to bulk billing via medicare. So now, there's no excuse.

What, an eye exam every year?

If you have to ask yourself or anyone else this question, odds are you already know the answer. Yes, you REALLY do need to have an eye exam each and every year. For the same reason the oil in your car needs changing every few months to maintain and keep it running, as does your teeth need cleaning and checked every six months to avoid cavities.

12 signs you need to visit an eye doctor

You don’t want to take risks when it comes to your eye health. Any type of eye pain or discomfort can make it hard to function—and sometimes, it can be an indicator of a more serious problem, such as an infection or a vision-impairing condition. It is estimated that over 13 million Australians have one or more chronic (long-term) eye conditions, according to self-reported data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS). If you’re experiencing one of these symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment with your eye doctor.

  1. Difficulty seeing at night or while driving
  2. Red or pink eyes
  3. Sensitivity to light
  4. Blurry vision or trouble focusing on objects
  5. Eye pain
  6. Diagnosis of a condition that affects the eyes
  7. Frequent headaches
  8. Seeing spots or flashes
  9. Dry eyes
  10. Tons of tears
  11. Double vision
  12. Eye discomfort when staring at a computer

It’s not all about your eyes

Did you know that many people first learn they have serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even cancer from — yes, you guessed it — a routine eye exam.

Our eyes have been called “the window to our soul.” It turns out, they also are often a very effective window to our overall health.

Eye checks for children

Regular eye checks are just as important for children as they are for adults. A child’s learning and development, as well as their behaviour, can be affected by eye or vision problems.

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly changed the way children learnt, socialised and entertained themselves with many exposed to screens for many hours a day learning, socialising or relaxing in front of the TV. Australian parents are encouraged to have their children’s eyes tested ahead of the new school year, on the back of 2020 which featured significantly increased screen time due to online learning and more time spent at home. (Source: Bupa Health & Care)

Don't put it off — schedule an eye exam today

Even if you think you have perfect vision, an annual eye exam can be one of the best things you can do to protect the overall health and wellness of you and your loved ones.

Don't put if off any longer — contact an eye doctor near you for an eye exam today.

Corporate Wellness options

For those organisations that have a Corporate Wellness Program in place, consider partnering with your local Optical outlet or Health Fund Wellness Partner to offer Free Onsite Eye Screening for employees.

This has multiple benefits:

  1. for your organisation, showing that you care about the general health and well being of your employees,
  2. for employees, ie the health providers comes to them whilst at work, and
  3. for the provider, by attracting new clients to their respective local practice.

It's a win / win / win.

Add to this, employees who are members of your company Health Benefits Plan via a Health Fund can receive a benefit towards the cost of glasses if they have optical cover.

If you are a Human Resources Manager and would like to chat about how you can arrange this for your workplace, please book in a time with me.

Here's to looking at the world through rose coloured glasses – from the team at Anista Employee Benefits! 😃