Sight Test or Eye Examination?
For most people, the sight test provides a prescription for us to see clearly – but that’s only a very small part of what optometrists do.
They also check the health of the eye by measuring field of vision, pressures of the eyes and the health of back as well as front of the eye. This is especially important for people who have a family history of diabetes or glaucoma.
The Sight Test
The sight test measures your ability to see clearly and without it we cannot determine the strength or the type of lenses you may need.
The optometrist begins by putting a special frame on you and fitting in different lenses to assess your vision, to find out if you are long, short-sighted and/or astigmatic and by how much. They do so one eye at a time and then will assess how well your eyes work together.
The optometrist may also check your colour vision, vision balance and need for a reading prescription.
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The Eye Examination
The eye examination looks more at the health of your eyes and can be an important
indicator of your general health.
If your family has a history of problems with their eyes, (glaucoma for example) you should inform us, as we may need to conduct some special tests. All the tests are completely painless. We examine your eye with an ophthalmoscope which lets us look inside the eye at the cornea, retina, crystalline lens and the vitreous humour, the transparent jelly that fills the eyeball.
Ophthalmoscopy can give early information about diabetes, glaucoma, cataract and diseases of the nerves, so this examination is a good indication of your general health too.
Some parts of the eye examination can involve the use of specialist equipment to test for glaucoma for example. It’s very important that you are tested for it, as while it’s not difficult to halt its progress, the damage cannot be repaired once it has happened.
This is why it is important for you get your eyes examined at least every two years to ensure they are healthy. The sooner a vision problem is detected, the easier it is to treat and the greater the chance of successful correction.
After your examination
Once your eye examination is complete, your optometrist will talk to you about your eye health and any concerns they may have. They will be able to tell you about any corrective eyewear you require and give you helpful advice to help you look after your vision.
You will then spend some time with our dispensing optician choosing your eyewear and discussing your visual needs so that you find the eyewear that only looks great but feels great too.
Patients that are eligible for free eye examinations with the NHS are welcome at our practice and our opticians are happy to discuss your eyewear requirements with you.