Why is a regular sight test important?
Usually a routine sight test is recommended every two years. Some people have more frequent eye tests. The Optometrist will advise you when to attend for your routine check up at the end of your eye examination. We will even send you a reminder letter when your sight test is due.
If you experience problems with your eyes or your glasses or contact lenses before your routine check is due, you can book an appointment at any time though our online booking service.
The eye test
An eye examination will normally take about 30 minutes and will include:
Preliminary checks or pre-screening
Discussion of ocular history and symptoms which include the following:
– Discussion of any symptoms you may have. This can help the Optometrist to work out what the cause of your eye problems may be.
– Discussion about your general health. It is useful to understand the state of your general health as this may affect your eyes.
– Discussion of any medication that you are taking. Some medications have side effects which can affect your eyes. If the optometrist knows what medication you are taking, they can look out for any adverse side effects.
– Discussion of your ocular history. It is useful to understand if any issues with your eyes or interesting features are longstanding or if they are of recent onset.
– Discussion of your family ocular and general health history. Signs of some general health conditions which run in families can be seen in the eyes and some ocular conditions can run in families.
– Discussion of any specific visual needs for example hobbies or occupational needs.
Our Optometrist will also want to know more about your lifestyle – such as what you do for a living and in your spare time. This additional information helps them to better understand your visual requirements and discuss the most appropriate options for you.
Examining your eyes
- Visual assessment i.e. how well you can see
- Eye movement and co-ordination checks
- Pupil assessment
- External and internal examination of the eyes to check that they are normal and healthy
- Refraction, i.e. to check if correction is required
- Other tests as necessary, e.g. repeat pressure tests, visual fields, colour vision
- Discussion of the findings of your eye examination including the state of the health of your eyes, if any correction would be beneficial and when your next routine eye test should be.
The Optometrist will also provide a copy of the results of the sight test – your spectacle prescription or a statement telling you that no prescription is required.