A routine eye examination takes from 20 to 30 minutes and is always performed by Michael Greenhalgh. So you always see the same person and become acquainted with each other over the years.
Unless otherwise advised by our optometrist, we recommend an eye examination at least every two years. Some people may need to be seen more.
The eye examination will usually include the following parts:
Several questions will be asked about the reasons for your consultation. This may be that you have simply received a reminder or there could be some specific problem about which you are worried.
If you are having problems, we will need to know how long you have had them, if any changes have happened over a short or long period and if these are associated with any particular task.
You will be asked about your general health and about any medicines you are taking either from your doctor or through other sources. Details of headaches, if any, and any close relatives who have eye problems will be needed to make sure these problems are not present in your eyes. Other information such as your occupation and details of your hobbies will help the optometrist to assess your visual needs and ensure that the correct spectacles are prescribed.
Examining your eyes
Your eyes will be examined both internally and externally. This will enable us to make an assessment of the general health of your eyes and to identify any other underlying health problems.
The interior of your eye will be examined with an ophthalmoscope which is like a torch which is shined through the pupil of your eyes. Other tests may be carried out, if necessary, such as tests to rule out glaucoma, eye pressures, visual fields, or colour vision tests.
Your vision will be tested with and without your spectacles or contact lenses to establish how well you can see and to ensure you are seeing as well as you are able. There are several other tests that follow. The precise order of the tests and the type will depend on the reason for your visit and the results of the initial part of the consultation, as well as your family history. You will be asked to choose between different lenses.
After the examination
Please ask if there is anything you do not understand, we will explain our findings and give you a copy of the prescription or a statement explaining there are no spectacles required.
If you need glasses, we will help you choose the best lenses and frames for your needs.