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Your Eye Examination
A routine eye examination takes from 20 to 30 minutes and is always performed by
Michael Greenhalgh, so you always see the same person which means you get to know
each other over the years.
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 for your needs.
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
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.
Some people find this difficult. You should not worry if you feel you are giving
the wrong answer, or if you are unable to decide. This is a common problem, the optometrist
is expecting it will be difficult and it is perfectly acceptable to say you are not
sure. All the answers will be checked.
Eye movements and co-ordination. Several tests can be used to make sure your eye
muscles are working properly together. This is particularly important to ensure that
maximum efficiency is maintained and to keep you as efficient and comfortable as
possible. If you have special close work requirements, such as lots of computer work,
cross-stitching or other special hobbies or occupations, your examination will take
these into consideration and specific advice given.
After the eye 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
If you need glasses, we will help you choose the best lenses and frames for your
Please remember - YOU ONLY GET ONE PAIR OF EYES. LOOK AFTER THEM WELL.
Some people may be entitled to NHS examinations which are paid for by the government.
Please contact our reception or e-mail us for more information. Unless otherwise
advised by our optometrist, we recommend an eye examination at least every two years.
Some people may need to be seen more frequently.