A regular eye examination is the best way to protect your eyesight; and an easy precaution to take.
It is particularly important if you notice a change in your vision, if your eye is injured in any way, or if you have a family history of eye disease.
Our passion for providing comprehensive eye examinations combined with our state of the art equipment allows us to fully explore the eye’s health as well as identify any prescription requirements.
All our examinations are carried out by a qualified optometrist, who will ensure that your vision is thoroughly checked, and come hand in hand with a full explanation of what we are doing and why, so you’re not left in the dark.
An eye examination does not only detect the need for spectacles but it provides valuable information to us regarding your general health.
An eye examination can identify eye concerns such as Glaucoma, Cataracts and Age Related Macular Degeneration, whilst it can also reveal a lot about your general health, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many more general health issues.
If you have any health concerns then an eye examination is a good place to start if the Doctor seems a little daunting.
It is so important to get into the habit of good eye care because an eye examination is also a general health check. We understand the importance of eye examinations and set aside at least 30 minutes for each consultation.
The Scottish government is so aware of the paramount importance of good and regular eye care, that they provide free eye examinations for all.
Benefits of Regular Eye Examinations
Regular eye examinations mean that if there are problems we can promptly detect them and obtain early prognosis for eye related conditions.
A routine eye examination should be undertaken every 2 years.
More frequent examinations are recommended if you are over 60, under 16 or if you or close family members have any of the following conditions:
- High Blood Pressure
- Age Related Macular Degeneration
- Any form of visual impairment
Emphasis on Health Care
The emphasis is now very much on the health aspect of eyecare and we are now the first port of call for any eye problems you may have, rather than your GP or pharmacy.
The Optometrist will assess whether you need further referral or some other course of treatment.
What to Expect at an Eye Exam
At L.A. Hunter Optometrists, we feel it is important to take time to conduct a thorough examination. First, the Optometrist will review your personal and family health history – checking for special risk factors like eye disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or poor vision.
The reason we ask you about your eye and general health is to enable our optician to tailor an eye examination to meet all your needs.
Please remember that there is much more to an eye examination than just obtaining a prescription.
The Optometrist will check the health of your eyes, both externally and internally and will conduct some or all of these tests tailored to your specific requirements to check for:
- Vision – The Optometrist will check for near sightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. While you look at an eye chart, the Optometrist will measure your vision precisely, and, if necessary, determine a prescription for corrective lenses.
- Coordination of eye muscles – The Optometrist will use different tests to check that your eyes work well together.
- Side (peripheral) vision – The Optometrist will carry out a Visual Field screening test for you to identify objects at the edge of your field of vision to make sure you can see it.
- Pupil response to light – The Optometrist will shine a light in your eye and watch the pupil’s reaction.
- Colour testing – The Optometrist will ask you to describe figures in a series of illustrations made up of numerous coloured dots or circles. This tests your ability to differentiate colours.
- Eyelid health and function – The Optometrist will examine your eyelid, inside and out.
- The interior and back of the eye – The Optometrist will use a special instrument called a slit lamp and special lens to see through to the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye. Some people have very small pupils and may require drops to dilate their eyes so that the Optometrist can get a good field of view. Your Optometrist will advise you if this is necessary.
- Measurement of fluid pressure – The Optometrist will use an instrument called a tonometer. This tests the pressure inside the eyeball, an early indicator of Glaucoma and other diseases. At L.A. Hunter Optometrist this is a non-puff test.
- Curvature of the front of the eye – The Optometrist will use an instrument called a keratometer. This is often used for Contact Lens specification.
- Digital Retinal Imaging – Our special digital camera takes a digital photograph of the back of your eye, enabling us to permanently record and monitor the health and any changes with the back of your eye.
If the Optometrist detects something out of the ordinary, you may be referred to your family doctor or to the hospital. Don`t be alarmed if this happens, it is usually only because the Optometrist wishes some further examinations to be undertaken. Don`t be afraid to ask about any procedure, we are always happy to explain what is happening and why!
A lot of people comment that, during the sight test, they feel they have given the wrong answers to the optician! Don`t worry, when the Optometrist asks you if a certain lens is better, worse or the same, there is no “right or wrong” answer. These questions only refine and confirm what the optician has already found using the instruments. Don`t be afraid to ask to see the options again!
Your Optometrist should be the first point of contact for any problems with your eyes, this includes;
- Sore or red eyes
- Flashes and floaters
- In-growing eyelashes
- Foreign body in the eye
- Sudden onset of blurred or loss of vision.