We provide more than just an eye test - Our fully qualified optometrists will conduct a thorough eye examination to establish the standard of your eyesight and the health of your eyes. We'll look for early signs of cataracts, glaucoma and other conditions. Problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and vascular disease can also be detected, as the eye can give clues to general health as well as potential eye conditions.
- Why are you having your eyes examined? Is it a routine check-up or have you come for a specific reason such as VDU screening. If you are experiencing problems with your eyes or vision your practitioner 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 need to know about your general health including any medication you are taking, whether you suffer from headaches, currently wear spectacles or contact lenses, or have any close relatives with a history of eye problems etc.
- An assessment of any current glasses you may be using and their suitability.
- Assessment of your eyesight - how well you can see with and without glasses? Optometrists use the 'Letter chart' (which is familiar to most people), which has letters of different sizes, and is used to give a score of how well you can see.
- The Optometrist use lenses of different strengths to determine if your eyesight can be improved with glasses or contact lenses. We will ensure you can see clearly at all distances; far distance, intermediate (VDU), and reading.
- Is a method of measuring the pressure of the eye. The main reason for this test is to pick up any early signs of glaucoma in a patient. The earlier any evidence of glaucoma is found the better and more successful the treatment. Glaucoma, if left untreated, can cause blindness.
- Visual Fields Screening:
- This procedure maps out your field of view and shows your blindspot and any other areas of reduced vision. The test is done individually for each eye. This is useful to the optometrist as it can show up areas that may be less sensitive than others where vision is not so good. It can also be useful in backing up any problems that may have been detected by the optometrist.
- Additional Information:
- Which will help your practitioner to make an accurate assessment, includes your occupation, whether you play sports or have any hobbies etc. Your eyes will be examined both externally and internally. This will enable an assessment to be made of the general health of your eyes. The interior of your eye will be examined using an ophthalmoscope which shines a light through the pupil allowing a view of the internal structures.
- Conclusion & Advice:
- Our Optometrist will finish the examination by summing up the health of your eyes and giving advice about how to look after your eyes. If glasses are required, advice will be given on ophthalmic lens selection.