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Your Eye Examination Explained
There is much more to your eye examination at our practice than finding out if you
need spectacles or contact lenses. We carry out a range of tests to assess the health
of your eyes. Because everyone’s eyes are different, we tailor the eye examination to
your individual circumstances. (This may include some of the following elements and
other tests as appropriate, based on our professional evaluation of your visual
requirements).

History and Symptoms
First of all, we discuss any problems you might have with your eyesight and general
health. Some eye conditions are health-related and it is important that you tell the
optometrist if you are taking any medicines as these may affect your vision. To assess
your visual needs, we also discuss your work and leisure activities.

Spectacles Assessment
If you already wear spectacles or contact lenses, you should bring these to your
appointment. We will then check the lenses to establish their type, optical power
and how well you can see with them.

Refraction
This part of the examination determines whether you need an optical prescription
and, if so, which lenses will give you the best vision. We check your near vision (for
reading), your distance vision (for driving or TV) and your intermediate vision (for
hobbies or computer work). These refraction tests will reveal if you are short-sighted,
long-sighted, (presbyopic) or have astigmatism. As everyone’s vision changes over
time you may experience one or more of the above conditions. However all can be
corrected with spectacles or contact lenses.

Spectacles Assessment
It is important that your eye muscles work together. This test checks that both your
eyes are co-ordinated and that you have comfortable vision at all distances.

Pupil Reflexes
The pupil controls the amount of light reaching the retina at the back of your eye and
so effects images seen by the brain. An unusual pupil reflex may indicate neurological
problems.

Ophthalmoscopy
This is a very important part of your examination because it checks the health of your
eyes. Using an instrument called an ophthalmoscope, a light is shone through your
pupil into the eye. This enables us to see the internal parts clearly, such as your lens,
retina and optic nerve, and so check for problems like diabetes, cataracts, hypertension,
glaucoma and macular degeneration.