Eye Examinations

All of our Eye examinations are clinically led, that is to say that our priority is the health and well-being of your vision. 

Why are regular eye tests (sight tests) so important?

It’s easy to neglect your eyes because they rarely hurt when there’s a problem.

Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, it’s also an important eye health check.

It can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough.

How often should I have an eye test?

Optometrists recommend that everyone has an eye test about every two years. People over 40 and people with certain health conditions may need sight tests more frequently.

What about my child’s sight?

Children do not usually complain about their sight, but may show signs of not being able to see properly.

Things to look out for include sitting close to the TV, holding objects very close to their face, blinking a lot, eye rubbing, or one eye turning in or out.

If your child is having any sort of sight problems, take them to an optometrist for further investigation.

Children don’t have to be able to read letters to have their eyes examined. Like adults, children should have regular eye checks around every 12 months.

 

 

 

 

Health History

The Optometrist will ask you about any current or previous eye problems and how you are getting on with any spectacles that you are using. `Whether you noticed any deterioration in your vision as well as your general health and any medications that you are taking. Information about any family history of eye problems will also be helpful as some problems eg Glaucoma can run in families.

Examining your eye health

Using what we call a “slit-lamp” in combination with our advanced eye-care technology we can fully examine the front and back of your eyes under high magnification.  This is important for not only the detection of eye disease but also in predicting the health of the eyes in the future.

Vision Clarity & your prescription

This is the part of the eye examination where through the use of  the trial frame and lenses we determine how the optics of the eyes work. This may be done through using a series of questions and subjective test to determine your prescription , or if required can be done completely objectively to ensure extra accuracy on the result.

Usually this is backed up with the “is this better or worse” questions. Many people are afraid that they can get this wrong resulting in the wrong glasses being supplied. This is not the case!

So please do not worry about getting it wrong – you can’t (honest), just say what you can see and leave it to the optometrist to interpret what you report.

Additional Tests

There are many other items that may be included in your eye examination. Following are just a few.

I-Care Tonometry: To measure the pressure of the fluids in your eyes, done with our latest “i care” tonometer, or a blue light after having some coloured drops in your eyes. This is important as it gives an indication of the risk of Glaucoma developing. You may be happy to know that through investing in the latest technology we no longer have to use the uncomfortable “puff of air” test.

Visual Fields: Measures your peripheral viewing. Usually done with a bowl instrument that flashes lights at you and you press a button when a light is seen.

Retinal Photography & OCT scanning: These advanced tests can also be incorporated as part of an eye examination. Details of these can be found elsewhere in the website. Both of these are outside the scope of a normal eye examination and therefore there may be a charge whenever these are undertaken. Please ask for more details when you next visit the practice. 

For the most advanced and comprehensive eye examination why not consider our Vision Plan?

We hope that this information is helpful, more details of specific vision impairments are on the Eye Disease page. If you have any questions please get in touch.

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