Our optometrists work within a flexible appointment system to ensure they have the time needed to fully understand your visual needs.
What to expect in an eye exam
At the start of the eye exam we will talk about how you are finding your eyes and vision, what work or hobbies you do and also about any health issues and medication. This all contributes to the overall picture of your eye health and vision requirements, influences what tests may be suggested and helps us make the most suitable recommendations for spectacles or contact lenses
We will assess your level of vision on a letter chart - using age appropriate picture cards for young children and then establish your spectacle prescription. This does involve some input from you - but don’t worry - you cannot give right or wrong answers!
Checking the health of the eyes is most important. Your optometrist will look inside your eyes with a hand held ophthalmoscope or on the slit lamp microscope. They may recommend an Optomap digital image or an OCT scan of the retinal structure be taken for more extensive examination especially if there is family history of eye disease such as glaucoma or macula degeneration.
At the end of the examination your optometrist will talk to you about your eye health and vision, make recommendations for you and give you the opportunity to ask any questions.
If spectacles are recommended you will be handed over to one of our dispensing opticians. They will discuss your individual requirements with your optometrist and then ensure you receive the most suitable glasses for your needs.
How often should I have an eye exam?
Even if you do not wear spectacles or you feel your eyesight is fine we would advise you to have an eye examination every 2 years to check the health of your eyes.
In some cases it is sensible to come in more regularly. Young children with developing vision may be seen every 6-12 months and older patients at risk of developing sight problems or ocular health issues will also be seen more frequently.