Look forward to tranquil surroundings in our practice where you can watch the fish swim around our coffee table aquarium!
If you haven’t been to the opticians for a while, you may not know what to expect when it comes to your eye examination. None of the procedures and tests that we use are painful in any way, but all help us to assess your eye health as well as your vision, to make sure everything is as it should be.
When you arrive at the practice for your appointment, you will be greeted in reception by a member of our friendly team. You’ll then have an opportunity to relax in the waiting area and watch the fish swimming around in our unique coffee table aquarium!
At the start of your appointment, your optometrist will first introduce themselves and then explain each part of the testing procedure as it is carried out. You may well be familiar with some aspects of the examination – reading the different sized letters off the board, for example, tests your visual acuity (how well you can see clearly).
You will probably also experience a variety of other tests which check the pressure in your eyes as well as the health of your retina (the surface at the back of your eye). Both of these can have serious implications if there are problems that go undetected, so we routinely carry out these checks just to make sure everything is alright.
You will also have the option to undergo a wide field retinal screening test if you would like to. We complete a retinal screening test as a standard part of your examination, but this only allows us to view a limited part of your retina. With this additional test we are able to see up to 80% of your retina, which allows us to identify even the tiniest abnormalities as early as possible, and prescribe treatment if necessary. Damage to your retina can cause irreversible vision loss if left untreated, so it’s important to assess your eye health regularly.
After your eye examination, your optometrist will explain any findings they might have made, including any changes to your prescription. If you have a new prescription, you will be able to view our range of frames immediately after your appointment, should you wish. A member of our team will always be on hand to advise you on the most suitable frames for you, and will give an honest second opinion if you’re struggling to choose between two favourites!