Your Prescription Explained: Recall dates

At the end of your sight test the optometrist will let you know when they want to see you again. They will make that decision based on a few different factors including your general health, age, vision, eye health and family history.

Two years is the longest time it will be, and is the ‘standard’ recall time for adults. Some people will need to be seen more frequently. For example, patients with diabetes, some other health conditions or relevant family history will routinely be offered a yearly appointment.

Children are usually seen every year, but sometimes we may want to see a child again for their check after three or six months.

For this reason you may find that different people in the same family, who come for their sight test on the same date need to be seen again at different times.

The optometrist will always be happy to answer any questions about how frequent your sight tests need to be and why.