Eye Examination

Our practice provides the most comprehensive eye examinations using the latest equipment.

We’ll make sure your eyes are healthy and that your prescription – if you need one – is accurate.

Why regular Eye Examination is important

A regular eye examination is important as not only can we check your vision but it can pick up early detection of some health and eye conditions.


What happens at an eye examination?

Before examining your eyes the optician will need to ask you some questions and find out if you have any problems with your eyes, whether you wear spectacles or contact lenses, whether you have had any serious injury or infections in the eyes and if you have any family history of eye problems.

You will also be asked your general health and any medication you may be taking. The optician will ask about your type of work you do and your leisure activities. Knowing your individual visual needs will enable the optician to give the best possible advice. The optician can determine if corrective lenses are needed to give clear distance vision by using the familiar letter charts.

Further tests are used to determine whether the two eyes are working together and if additional corrective lenses are required for close and intermediate length work. Your optician will advise you on any requirement of spectacle correction.

Why is it important for the optician to look inside your eyes?

The optician is checking that the physical structures of the eye, such as the cornea, the lens and the retina, appear normal and healthy. This is achieved by a few different means, direct ophthalmoscope a device which is hand held with a bright light they shine into the back of your eye. Indirect ophthalmoscope which may need to dilate your eyes with drops and use a small hand held lens and your head will be placed onto a slit lamp head rest. And thirdly, a fundus camera where a photograph of your retina is taken to  compare against future tests for any changes. This is one of the most important parts of the eye examination. It is used to detect the early signs of cataract, ARMD and glaucoma. The optician also checks for other general health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Children eye exam

The critical period of vision development is between the ages of 2- 7 years. It is crucial that both eyes develop properly at this stage of life to ensure normal vision later in life. Children should have an eye exam within this period of time to avoid lazy eye, squints and early detections of hyperopia and astigmatism.

Early detection of eye problems in children is very important.  Visual problems can affect their abilities in school work, social development and sport. A children’s eye examination is different and a little more difficult than an adult’s eye examination. We may have to use drops in your child’s eye before the exam to stop the eye accommodating.

This would give us the most accurate evaluation your child’s vision. We have the equipment and training to carry out a thorough eye examination, checking all the aspects of your child’s vision which are important for learning.

Here are a few facts:
80% of children’s learning is visual.
5-10% of all pre-school children have problems with their eyes or their vision.25% of all children of school going age have vision problems.

As part of your eye examination

We check your eye care and we advise you how to best correct your optical needs from reading glasses to a regime for combating dry eye. At the end of your eye exam Eileen or Sara will discuss what's best for your eyes and we will refer to your GP or consultant if required