Eyesight is perhaps the most precious of the five senses, so why is caring for our eyes so often at the bottom of our healthcare list? Regular eye examinations should be as much a part of your family’s routine as a visit to the dentist.
So what does a sight test involve at our practice?
History & Symptoms
We will ask you several questions regarding your vision, health, medication and family history. This is crucial information that we utilise in our clinical decision making.
Vision & Prescription check
This is where we check what you can (or can’t!) see with and without your existing spectacles and assess how we can improve your vision with a new prescription.
Examining the health of the eye
This is one of the most important clinical aspects of the examination. We use several different types of instruments including, the retinal camera and OCT (see Digital Retinal Photography and OCT tab), to examine the health of the eye.
Visual Field test
A visual field test is a method of measuring an individual’s entire scope of vision. Visual field testing is a critical screening for many eye diseases and neural problems.
Pressure test (Tonometry)
This is the measurement of the pressure of the eyeball. It is important in the diagnosis of glaucoma and in monitoring the effectiveness of medication used to control it.
Slit lamp examination
This is like a large microscope that we use to examine the outside of your eye, your lids and lashes in greater detail.
Discussion of your eye-care needs
This is the final part of your examination. We will go over the results of the tests that we have performed and advise you of any changes in your spectacle prescription. If we have concerns with the health of your eyes we will refer you to either your G.P. or the hospital for further tests. The Optometrist will then introduce you to another member of the team who will help you with frame choice, discuss your lens options and answer any queries you may have.