Naturally, people have a number of questions related to the health of their eyes, particularly when it comes to having their sight checked. Manoj Patel, director at Specsavers in Brentwood, said: ‘Our customers are an inquisitive bunch and we love that. We’re often asked questions about general eye health and vision. Most people have similar queries, whether it’s information they’re unsure of and want to check or something they’ve heard on the grapevine and would like to get direct answer from an expert.’

The questions on everyone’s lips

Q1. How often should I have an eye test?

A1. We advise having an sight check every two years but you should attend sooner if you notice any eye problems or if you are advised by your optometrist.

Q2. Do I need an eye test if I’ve been for a contact lens check up?

A2. Yes. Contact lens checkups primarily check the condition of the front part of your eye where the lens sits. A full eye test is also required to check your eyes’ general condition.

Q3. If my vision’s fine, do I need a regular eye test?

A3. Yes. A comprehensive eye test includes checking the inner and outer parts of the eye so even if you're happy with your vision it's worth having a routine check-up. Eyes can be affected by a number of conditions so spotting problems early can give them less chance of affecting your vision.

Q4. Do I have to do anything special before an eye test

A4. Note changes you might've seen since your last test and think of any questions you might have for your optician. Remember to bring your current glasses or contact lenses and note the names of any prescription drugs or medication you might be taking.

Q5. How much can a baby see?

A5. Though a baby's eye movements show that they collect visual information right from birth, they're unable to focus much further than 30cms in their early days. After around a month they can look at the boundaries of close objects and a month later see finer detail on those objects. There are still many questions about how much and how far infants can see but what's clear is that the development of the eyes doesn't finish until the child is several years old. Regular check-ups with your optician are a vital part of protecting your children's health, and we advise that a child should have had a sight check by the age of three.

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