The Eye Examination
An eye examination is carried out by an Optometrist. They will test your sight, check the health of your eyes and look for signs of general health problems.
History and symptoms
This is to find about the reason for your visit and whether it is a routine examination or if you are having specific difficulties. After a few questions the Optometrist will gain a better understanding about you and your eyes. This will allow them to customise the eye examination for your specific needs and concerns. If visual correction is required then details of hobbies and occupational requirements are also essential to provide you with the most suitable visual aids.
Examining the eye
Your eyes will be examined both internally and externally using a series of special instruments.
Additional tests will be carried out if required to check for conditions such as colour vision deficiencies, glaucoma and macula degeneration.
Eye movements and co-ordination
Eye movements and co-ordination are checked to make sure both eyes are working together and undue stress is not being placed on the eye muscles. Good muscle balance is particularly important for those who use computers or read for prolonged periods.
After the eye examination
The Optometrist will have a detailed knowledge of the health of your eyes, the standard of your vision and any special requirements that you may have.
This information will be explained to you but if you do not understand anything or require more information, ask your Optometrist, who will be only too pleased to help.
If you require spectacles the Optometrist will advise you on the most suitable options for you. You will be also advised on the appropriate interval until your next examination. If you need medical treatment for an eye condition you may be referred to your doctor or hospital.
Vision – The Amazing Auto-phoropter!
At Eyecare Opticians we use the state-of-the-art Nidek auto-phoropter to determine a patient’s prescription.
We are extremely passionate about investing in the latest equipment to benefit our patients. An automated phoropter is a computerised form of assessing prescription and eliminates the need to wear the often uncomfortable trial frame. It is also a more accurate and comfortable way to determine a patient’s prescription and involves a machine with eye holes being placed in front of the patient. The Optometrist examining then uses a computer to quickly adjust lens options making it easier to see the differences between each one.
The automated phoropter head can also test a range of near vision aspects to ensure your varifocals and bifocals give you the appropriate focus for your near tasks.