What happens after your eye test appointment ?
The first thing we do is to find out the reason you have come for an eye examination and any problems you are currently having with your eye and or glasses. We will also ask you about your general health and any medications you are taking (as some body conditions and tablets can affect your eyes)
Whether you have a history of eye problems and whether there is a history of eye conditions in your family. We are also interested in your working area, what type of computer and or tablet you use, any hobbies you have, this is all to help us find the visual correction that works best for you.
Your current spectacles (if you have them) will be measured so we have an accurate note of the existing setup.
The next part of your eye examination will involve a thorough look at the health of your eyes, both front (eyelids and lashes, sclera and conjunctiva, cornea, iris and lens) and back (vitreous, retina, optic nerve head, macula and retinal blood vessels). We use the latest eye technology to assess the health of your eyes such as a Topcon microscope and an Optos eye camera.
What can affect your eye sight ?
Many systemic conditions affect your eyes, for example high blood pressure and diabetes, as do certain medications and smoking. The eye is also susceptible to conditions such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, especially as we get older. There are many more rare conditions that we can detect, such as eye tumours, retinal detachments and degenerations. Many of these conditions are not immediately obvious on a simple photo of the back of the eye. Our latest Optos technology aids us in the detection, monitoring and management of potential eye problems.
We will then check your spectacle refraction. This is a measurement of the power of the lenses you need to be able to see the most clearly and comfortably at both distance and near viewing.
Once this is all completed you may be advised to see our Dispensing Optician for further advise on spectacle lenses and or frames.