An eye examination is carried out by an optometrist and usually takes about 25-30 minutes. Sometimes it can take longer if you need extra tests, but this is to make sure you can see as well as possible.
As well as testing your sight, the optometrist will check the health of your eyes and look for signs of general health problems.
We will provide a private eye examination for £22.50, over 60's are entitled to free eye tests, as are other people depending on certain conditions.
This is what you can expect in an eye examination:
History and symptoms
At the start of the eye examination, your optometrist will ask why you are having your eyes examined, whether it is a routine check-up or if you have come for a specific reason.
If you are experiencing problems with your eyes or vision your optometrist will need to know what symptoms you have, how long you have had them and whether any changes have happened suddenly or slowly over a period of time.
Your optometrist will also need to know about your general health including any medication you are taking, whether you suffer from headaches, or have any close relatives with a history of eye problems.
You will be asked about your previous glasses or contact lenses.
In addition your optometrist may ask about the kind of work you do and whether you play sports or have any hobbies.
Examining your eyes
Your eyes will be examined both outside and inside. This will allow the optometrist to assess the health of your eyes and may identify any other underlying medical problems.
The interior of your eye will be examined using an ophthalmoscope or Slit Lamp (microscope) and Fundus Camera allowing a detailed study of the internal structures. You may be given further tests using a Tonometer (small puff of air in each eye), Fields Screener or other equipment when necessary and your pupil reflexes will also be tested.
Remember to take your current glasses with you when you attend an eye examination. Your vision will be measured both with and without glasses to check for any problems with your eyesight. Your optometrist will normally assess your distance vision (for TV and driving), your near vision (for reading and close work) and your intermediate vision (for computer use).
Your optometrist will then carry out a series of tests to measure the type and extent of any problem with your vision. You will then be asked to choose between different lenses to see which ones help the quality and clarity of your sight.
Eye movements and co-ordination
Eye movements and co-ordination are checked to make sure that both eyes are working together, and that undue stress is not being placed on the eye muscles. Good muscle balance is particularly important if you use computers or read a lot.
After the eye examination
Your optometrist will now have detailed knowledge of the health of your eyes, the standard of your vision and any special requirements that you may have. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if there is something you don’t understand; your optometrist is there to help.
You will also be able to discuss the best form of vision correction to suit your individual lifestyle and visual needs.
At the end of the examination you will be advised of when you should have your next examination. You’ll also be given a prescription for glasses or a statement which confirms that your eyes don’t need correction.
If you need medical treatment for an eye condition you may be referred to your doctor or hospital.
Choosing your glasses
When you have your prescription, you will be given help in choosing glasses, you can take as long as you need to choose, advice will be given as to the most suitable frame and lenses for you. Every person and prescription is different so not all frames will be suitable for all prescriptions. Feel free to ask any questions, our experienced dispensers will be happy to help. We pride ourselves on our customer service, we will not advise you to have new glasses if they are not needed, we will not pressure you into buying something you don't want or need. Our aim is to make sure you are comfortable, satisfied and above all happy with the service and products we provide.
As part of our continuing care and service we will be happy to adjust or make minor repairs to your glasses where possible, change nose pads or service the frame for the lifetime of your glasses.
We will send you a reminder when your next appointment is due. However, if you have a problem with your vision, glasses or your eyes before your next eye examination is due do not wait – contact the practice and make an appointment.
0161 627 5735 or firstname.lastname@example.org