The eye examination is carried out by our optometrist, Victoria J Smith and usually takes about 30 minutes (but may take longer if extra tests are required).
Why you should have your eyes tested
Regular eye examinations should be a feature of your ongoing health care, not only to ensure the best possible level of vision and visual comfort but because they provide a valuable opportunity for the early detection of eye disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts and macula degeneration and other disorders such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
How often should i have my eyes tested?
Every 2 years is usually sufficient for most patients however the young, the elderly and those 'at risk' due to family history/general health would be advised for a more regular check. Please ask for more information.
The eye examination will normally include the the following elements
1.History & symptoms
This will establish your visual problems or symptoms that you may be experiencing.
Information regarding your medical history as medical conditions and medications can affect your eyes.
Family medical history as certain eye conditions can be passed down the generations.
You will be asked about previous spectacles/contact lenses. Additional information which will help your practioner to make an accurate assessment includes your occupation, whether you play sports or have any hobbies.
2.Visual efficiency and prescription analysis
Remember to bring your spectacles or contact lenses with you when you attend for an eye examination.
Your unaided vision is measured; your vision in your current spectacles is measured; a new prescription is determined and any visual improvement is established. The cooperation between your eyes is assessed to ensure that both eyes are working together and that undue stress is not being placed on the eye muscles. Good muscle balance is particularly important for those who use computers or read for prolonged periods.
3. Examining the eye
Yours eyes will be examined both externally and internally. This will enable the an assessment to be made of the health of the eyes and may identify any other underlying medical problems. Your pupil reflexes will also be tested.
Other tests that may be carried out if necessary include for example those for glaucoma or colour vision deficiency. If you are over 40, the pressure inside your eye will be tested (which may be done with a puff of air or using drops to gently numb your eyes) and checking your visual fields to ensure you don't have any abnormal blind spots.
5. Summary of the eye examination
We will now have a detailed knowledge of the health of your eyes, the standard of your vision and any special requirements that you may have. This information will be explained to you but if you do not understand anything or require more information, ask Victoria J Smith who will be only too happy to help. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the best forms of vision correction to suit your individual lifestyle and visual needs.
At the end of the examination you will be advised on the appropriate interval until your next eye examination or if you need medical treatment for an eye condition you may be referred to your doctor or hospital.