Standard Eye Examination
We rely on our sight in all aspects of daily life and therefore an eye examination is essential to monitor eye health and maintain the best vision possible.
We strive to provide the most thorough eye examinations using the latest technology and equipment so you, the patient, have full confidence in our findings and recommended management.
What to expect?
Our eye examinations usually last about 30 minutes but we will advise you if you require any extra specific tests and how long these may take.
We have a general routine we perform for every patient, but as we like to treat every patient as an individual, the optometrists will tailor the examination similarly, which guarantees you a thorough examination executed smoothly, keeping you as relaxed as possible.
As well as including all tests to check for your sight and to see if any vision correction is required (e.g. spectacles or contact lenses) we also check for any potential eye disease like Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular degeneration to name a few.
We can also offer digital retinal imaging of the back of you eye, however we generally only use this technique for NHS diabetic screening. We have invested in new technology to give our patients a much more enhanced service. The eye scanner (OCT) is the most advanced addition to our equipment, being able to spot the smallest of changes in the retina & give peace of mind to our patients as well as track changes over time. This is included in our Premium Eye Examination. Other tests carried out as part of our standard eye examination include an assessment of your binocular vision (how well your eyes work together), visual field analysis and intraocular pressures. The optometrist uses the sophisticated ICare system to check you pressures which causes minimal discomfort compared to the “puff of air” machine many practices still use.
The optometrist will always explain the results of the various assessments and you will be given every opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The recommendations given at the end of the eye examination by your optometrist will take into account factors such as your working environment, lifestyle and any leisure pursuits you have, so we can meet your visual needs in the best possible way.
How often should one have an eye examination?
We advise regular eye examinations for everyone including children, even when you are not experiencing any difficulties. In accordance with national guidelines the recommended intervals are set out in the table below:
National guidelines for eye tests
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The above are general guidelines but if it is clinically required an eye examination may be advised more frequently, the optometrist will advise you of this.
Please contact us if you have any queries or questions about our eye examination and related issues, we would be most happy to advise you.