About Your Eye Examination
In order for us to give our patients the comprehensive level of care that should be expected from an eye examination, our optometrist will take the time to ask questions and make assessments of a number of important aspects related to your eye health and vision. If you have specific information or communication support needs, please let one of our staff know and we will do our best to meet these needs.
This examination costs £30 unless you are entitled to an NHS examination. This page contains information on the areas that you should expect to be covered during your sight test.
History & Symptoms – Your optometrist will ask you about any problems you may have experienced with your vision in the past. You will also be asked about your general health and any problems you may have, as this can sometimes be relevant to any difficulties with the health of your eyes.
Present Spectacles – We will evaluate your current spectacles, both in terms of condition and the suitability of the prescription in order to ascertain whether they are still appropriate for you.
Refraction – If there is any error in your vision that is in need of correction, this is found during the refraction process. The eye examination includes testing for distance vision, near (reading) vision, and we will also discuss occupation and any hobbies you may have in order for us to be able to provide a prescription for them if required. ‘Computer spectacles’, also often referred to as an ‘intermediate prescription’, are often produced.
Pupil Reflexes – These are checked in order to make sure that the pupils are reacting normally to light. An abnormal reaction may indicate neurological problems.
Oculomotor Balance – This checks that the eye muscles correctly align the eyes at all distances.
Intra-ocular Pressures – This is tested because a higher pressure can indicate the presence of Glaucoma.
Visual Field Examination – This examines your peripheral vision to ensure that your sight is normal.
Ophthalmoscopy – This is a very important aspect of the examination as 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.
In some circumstances, additional services are required, and we are happy to provide the following:
DVLA – We are happy to provide sight tests which include an assessment of a patient’s suitability to drive as well as a visual field test. This information is sometimes required by the DVLA, and we are happy to provide these details on request.
Eyecare Plan/Vouchers – We will happily carry out eye examinations for patients who are part of the Eyecare Plan and those who receive discount vouchers.