Letter charts, green dots and red dots and sophisticated equipment can leave patients who are coming for an eye test a little confused about what we are actually testing. Here’s a lowdown on what actually happens at an eye test.
Each of our fully qualified optometrists are trained to take all the necessary steps to ascertain the health of your eyes and to prescribe any optical correction needed to give you the best possible vision. Initially, they will ask you questions about your general health, as well as specific questions relating to your eyes and lifestyle, working environment and any leisure pursuits you have, so we can meet your visual needs appropriately.
Your optometrist will have a close and detailed look at the external part of your eye, and then, using a specialised light, will examine the interior parts of your eye, including the optical nerve and the retina (back surface of your eye). This process is straight forward and painless and will only require you to change the angle of your gaze from time to time. After this they will determine your prescription using our advanced specialist equipment.
They will also check the pressures in your eyes (‘puff of air test’) and conduct a ‘field of vision’ test. These are simple and completely non-invasive procedures, but they can be invaluable in detecting any problems, which you may be completely unaware of at this stage. You optometrist may chose to have a closer look at the back of the eye to check its health.
During your test or straight after the optometrist will discuss the findings of the examination. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about your eyes. Ensure you have fully understood what the optometrist is talking about. They will hand you over to one of our qualified members of staff who will help you chose a pair of glasses, should you need them.