Eye Examinations

We rely on our eyes and good eyesight in almost every aspect of our daily lives.

It is not always apparent when our eyes are unhealthy because often there is no pain and any loss of vision is gradual. Many eye conditions (for example glaucoma) can be picked up during routine eye examinations before you become aware of a problem. In many cases the earlier problems are detected the greater the chance of successful treatment – this is especially true of young children and the elderly.

During the examination….

Without a doubt the most important part of the eye exam is to check the health of your eyes, conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure can sometimes be detected by examining the eyes.
Our Optometrist will need to know if you are currently having any problems with your eyes, if you have had any eye problems in the past, or if you have a family history of eye problems. You will also be asked about your general health and any medications you may be taking. It may be useful to bring a list of any medication.
During the examination we will use the latest optical equipment to examine your eyes both internally and externally to identify any problems. We use an ophthalmoscope, a special torch like instrument which allows a detailed examination of the internal structures of the eye. We can also use a special type of microscope called a slit-lamp to examine the outer tissues of the eye. We also have a variety of additional tests at our disposal to further examine your eyes if necessary, including: Visual field testing (to check peripheral vision), Tonometry (to check eye pressure). We also have a fundus camera, which is capable of taking a detailed digital photograph of the retina, as well as your optic nerve and macular.

During an eye examination we can determine whether you are seeing at your best and can identify whether spectacles could improve your vision. Clearer, more comfortable vision can impact greatly on your quality of life. For children, clear vision is vital for learning, any uncorrected visual problems may affect school performance. For safer driving you will want to see as well as possible and to ensure you meet the legal requirements.

How often?

We normally recommend eye examinations every two years.
Children under 16 and those over 70 years of age need to be seen annually. Children under 16 who wear spectacles are usually examined every 6 months.
Your optometrist may advise more regular eye examinations depending on your medical history, family history and eye health.

After the Examination:

By the end of the eye test our optometrist will have a detailed knowledge of your eyes and visual requirements. The results will be explained and if you require glasses our optometrist will recommend suitable lenses to give you the best vision and comfort. You will then be advised when your next eye test should be. If you want to look at spectacle frames we will be happy to show you our collection and discuss the latest lens innovations designed to give the clearest and most comfortable vision whatever your visual requirements.

Emergency

If you experience a sudden loss of vision, flashing lights, floaters, severe pain or redness you should consult an optician or doctor immediately or attend an accident and emergency department.