Your Eye Examination
Our Optometrists tailor your eye examination to your individual situation and is based on our professional evaluation of your visual requirements:
- History and Symptoms - we first discuss any problems you might have with your eyesight and general health as many eye conditions are health related. We also discuss your work and leisure activities to assess your visual needs. This is sometimes done in the form of a Lifestyle Questionnaire, often carried out by the dispensing staff.
- Eyewear Assessment - if you already wear glasses or contact lenses, we check them to see if they are still suitable for your vision.
- Refraction - this part of your examination finds out whether you need optical lenses to correct your eyesight. We test your distance vision (for driving or TV), your near vision (for reading) and your intermediate vision (for hobbies or computer vision).
- Oculomotor Balance - we check that your eye muscles are co-ordinated and you have comfortable vision at all distances.
- Pupil Reflexes - an unusual pupil reflex may indicate neurological problems, so we check that your pupils react normally to light.
An Optometrist has two aims:
they are there to solve any vision problems you have and to look for any signs of eye disease and general health problems.
- Intraocular Pressure - too much pressure inside your eyes can indicate glaucoma, a disease which eventually leads to blindness if left untreated. This test is usually only carried out on people over 40 or those with a history of glaucoma in the family.
- Visual Field Test - losing your field of vision is one of the main signs of glaucoma, so where appropriate we check your all-round vision and peripheral eyesight.
- Ophthalmoscopy - this is a very important part because it evaluates the health of your eyes. Conditions such as diabetes, cataracts, hypertension and macular degeneration can be detected and monitored by an eye examination.