Eye Examination

An eye exam is an important health check which everyone should have even if they feel their vision is fine. many health conditions can show themselves in the eye and, perhaps, more surprisingly , treatable eye conditions can develop without any initial symptoms. regular eye examinations allow your Optometrist to provide you with reassurance, or start treatment at the earliest possible stage, if that were necessary.

A routine eye examination takes about 30 minutes and will include a check of your vision, the health and comfort of your eyes and any corrective lenses that may be required. if you require corrective lenses we will discuss your options, both in terms of spectacle lens choices but also contact lenses, tailoring our advice to your needs.

Our eye examinations make use of the latest technology including the latest scanners to measure the optics of your eyes and state of the art visual field scanners. An eye examination can include retinal photographs that provide high resolution images of the inside of the eye which allow the Optomestrist to inspect the eye even more closely and precisely record the features of the eye for future reference.

We are also proud to have an OCT machine which provides a stunning 3D image of the inside of the eye, with measurements, which allows us to look beneath the surface of the retina, revealing a level of detail which permits the earliest possible intervention for any problems that might occur. The measurements provided by the OCT allow us to track any small changes in the eye between eye exams which is crucial for certain eye conditions, including Glaucoma, which are slowly progressive. The OCT results are discussed with you and provide the peace of mind that you’ve had the best possible check of your eyes.

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

  • Aged 15 years or below
every year
  • Aged 16 — 69 years
every 2 years
  • Aged 70 years and over
every year
  • Diabetic and Glaucoma patients
every year
  • Aged 40 years or over with an immediate relative with Glaucoma
every year

The above are general guidelines but if it is clinically required an eye examination may be advised more frequently, the optician 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.