Why do I need an Eye Test
An Eye Test or Eye Examination is a series of tests which allow an optometrist or optician to look at your eyes and examine how well they are functioning and whether you need any sight aids such as spectacles (eye glasses) and to look at the general health of your eyes.
What happens in an Eye Test
An Eye examination usually comprises of a series of tests which look at different aspects of your visions such as:
- Depth perception
- Long and short sightedness
- Colour perception
Whilst we have a core set of tests that we perform, each sight test will be tailored to your individual needs, and your optician will use varying tests and equipment to make sure they have the fullest picture of your optical health.
Some of the equipment we use may be familiar to you such as the chart with letters in varying sizes and the ophthalmoscope, a special torch which examines the inside of your eye, allowing a detailed study of the internal structures.
Other equipment we use may be unfamiliar – particularly if it’s some time since you last visited us. Our other equipment includes a digital retinal camera which allows us to take photographs of the inside of your eyes so even small abnormalities can be detected, recorded and compared in future checks. When we combine this with modern examination techniques, it allows us to monitor your eye health and help to prevent unnecessary deterioration to your sight and eye health. Other tests we may carry out include binocular assessment (how well the eyes work together), peripheral visual field analysis and intraocular pressure measurement.
Your optician will talk you through each test and explain exactly what you need to do and what they will be looking for.
How long will my Eye Test take?
Our eye examinations usually last around 40minutes, but it will vary slightly depending on what tests your optician decides you need.
Your optician will explain the results of the various tests and assessments you’ve done and you will have plenty of time to ask any questions you need to. Any recommendations your optician makes at the end of the eye test will take into account how your vision needs, fit into your lifestyle – for example they may recommend anti-glare coatings if you spend a lot of time in front of computer screen or driving at night, and they will be able to recommend sports frames or contact lenses if you enjoy playing sport.
How often should I have an eye test?
We always advise that everyone – even those with perfect vision – should have regular eye tests, based on the recommended frequencies laid out in the table below. If you have any specific difficulties with your vision, your optician will discuss with you how frequently you should visit to ensure we look after your vision as well as we possibly can.
National guidelines for eye tests
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