EXAMINATION

Each eye examination is tailored to your individual needs. We offer both NHS and private eye examinations. This includes a thorough health examination, and advice if any abnormalities are found, and assessment of the visual function to ensure that you are achieving the best vision possible.

Why you should consider a regular eye Examination

Although you may have assumed that an Optometrist is only concerned with whether you can see accurately, you may be surprised to learn that, in fact, examining the health of your eyes (and potentially what they might indicate about your general health) is of the highest priority too.

Since the eye may not always provide any symptoms of an irregularity or possible health issue, it is very important that our Optometrist is able to see you at suitable intervals. Conditions such as Glaucoma or Diabetes can be picked up at an early stage and treated before they become serious health issues.

But there are other considerations too: for example, if you are a driver, it is actually a legal requirement that you have satisfactory vision and often, you may not be especially aware that your sight may have deteriorated – which could make driving actually hazardous to yourself, passengers and other road users.

Young people in particular, need to be able to see well in order to progress their education at school and parents may not necessarily realise that a child is having sight problems.

What to expect during your eye Examination

The techniques and equipment that are employed by our Optometrist are nothing to be nervous about. An eye examination is not an unpleasant procedure and normally, will not last much longer than about 30 minutes.

We will require some information about you prior to undertaking the exam: for example, your occupation (since this can have an impact on eye strain); family history (to determine whether there are any family members who may have relevant conditions, such as diabetes); your general health of course and any lifestyle considerations such as sporting activities which might make a difference to how your vision may be best maintained using spectacles or perhaps contact lenses if needed.

A range of vision tests will be undertaken, principally to determine whether correction may be needed, but also to discover whether you have any blind spots in your peripheral vision. Range of movement and possibly tests for colour too are undertaken by our Optometrist.

You will be given your prescription at the end of the examination along with any necessary advice.

What the Examination entails

The examination begins by going through any concerns you may have about your eyes and a history of any past problems. This enables us to tailor the test to your needs.
We check your vision both with and without any spectacles you may have.
We check that the eyes work together correctly and are coordinated for comfortable vision.

We include:
• A thorough health check of the back of the eyes. Our premium eye test includes the Optomap retinal scan.
• A check of the health of the front of the eye including the pressure of the eye which is one of the tests for glaucoma.
• A visual field test which picks up on any blind spots in your vision.
• Testing that you have the best visual correction possible.

Most people will find that in their mid-40s they will start to have problems with their close up work. It is therefore highly recommended to have your eyes tested at this stage to ensure that you have the best vision possible.

Optomap – Our state of the art retinal scanner allows us to offer you the latest technology in eye health care. It allows us to have an overall picture of your retina with a 200 degree view instead of the 45 degrees of a normal retinal camera. Using this technology we are able to detect early eye disease such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other retinal disease.

Tests explained

Tonometry. This is where we check the pressure of the fluid inside the eye. This is done by either contact or non-contact tonometry.  If the pressure inside the eye is raised, it can be an indication of glaucoma.

Visual Field. This test is to determine if you have any blind spots in your vision. This will be where you are asked to count a number of flashing lights on a screen. Early detection of blind spots in the vision can help diagnose many diseases.

Ophthalmoscope. This allows us to look at the health of the eye. We are able to focus on the different depths of the eye to check that there are no abnormalities.

Slit Lamp. We are able to look at the health of the front of the eye in detail for any problems with the cornea or lids. It also allows us to check the fit of contact lenses.

Testing your focus. By putting up a variety of lenses we are able to check that you have the optimum glasses prescription. We do this using a test chart set at 6 meters which is the equivalent to infinity or using a reading chart at your preferred distance.