Your eye examination
This includes several different eye tests that are tailored to your individual situation and are based on our professional evaluation of your visual requirements:
- History and symptoms– first we will discuss any problems that you might have with your eyesight and general health. We also discuss your work and leisure activities to assess your visual needs.
- Eye-wear Assessment– if you already wear glasses or contact lenses, we will check them to see if they are still suitable for your vision.
- Refraction– this part of the eye examination finds out whether you need optical lenses to correct your eyesight. The optician will test your distance vision (for driving or watching TV), your near vision (for reading), and your intermediate vision (for hobbies or computer work).
- Oculomotor Balance– the coordination of your eye muscles will be checked, as well as the comfort level of your vision at all distances.
- Pupil Reflexes– an unusual pupil reflex may indicate neurological problems, so the optician will check that your pupils are reacting normally to light.
- Eye pressures– too much pressure inside your eyes can indicate that you have glaucoma, a disease which eventually leads to blindness if left untreated.
- Visual field test– losing your field of vision is one of the main signs of glaucoma, so where appropriate we will check your all-round vision and your peripheral vision.
- Ophthalmoscopy– this is very important because it evaluates the health of your eyes. Conditions such as diabetes, cataracts, hypertension, and macular degeneration can be detected and monitored through this.
- OCT– An Ocular Coherence Tomograph (OCT) is like an X-Ray scan of the back of your eyes. It is painless, and in a very short time can help the optician to assess your eyes in much greater detail, and to look for complications due to diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Finally, we will give you an explanation of your vision and eye health, plus a copy of your optical prescription.