Routine eye examinations are performed by one of our fully-qualified optometrists, and usually take between twenty minutes and half an hour. We’ll ask you about any problems you’ve been having with your vision, and enquire about your general health and any medication that you may be taking. We’ll also ask a little bit about your occupation and your hobbies so that we can have a clear idea of your visual needs.
Your eyes will be examined both internally and externally, which helps us to make an assessment of the general health of your eyes and identify underlying problems that we can help to address.
If you have spectacles or contact lenses, we’ll test your vision both with them on and with them off to help us establish how well you can see and whether we can help you to see better. We’ll use a range of tests, and will often ask you to tell us which of a pair of lenses gives you clearer or crisper vision. Some patients may find this difficult or stressful, but please don’t worry – our practitioners know how tricky this can be, and not being sure is always a valid answer.
We’ll also check to see how well your eye muscles work together, because bad visual co-ordination can effect on your vision, comfort, hand-eye co-ordination, and balance. If your work or hobbies require you to do a great deal of close work, such as working from a computer monitor or cross-stitching, we’d be more than happy to give you advice on how to avoid eyestrain. We might also carry out a few additional tests, such as retinal photography, a visual field examination, a pressures test, or colour vision tests, and will be happy to explain these in more detail if we think they would be useful.
After the examination
If you need a new pair of glasses, our dispensing opticians will help you choose the best lenses and frames from our wide range to suit your needs. We can also help you find the right contact lenses and teach you how to put them in. If you have any difficulties with spectacles or lenses we provide, please let us know – we’ll be more than happy to help with any problems that arise.
Please ask if there is anything that you don’t understand. We’re happy to talk to you about our findings, and can provide you with a copy of your prescription or a report on request.
Unless otherwise advised by our optometrist, we would recommend an eye examination for adults at least every two years. Some patients may need to be seen more regularly.