Your Eye Test Explained
A simple eye examination can reveal warning signs of serious illnesses, for example, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, tumours, strokes and high blood pressure that might otherwise go undetected. We are committed to providing a comprehensive eye examination including screening and diagnostic tests and referrals for medical care, if necessary.
Your eye examination consists of two main parts:
Part 1: The Pre-Test:
One of our team members will take you through to the pre-test area. Here you will undergo a series of preliminary examinations using our state of the art equipment. We will estimate your prescription and measure your intra-ocular pressures in order to give the optometrist all the information they require to give you a thorough examination. We may assess your visual fields and take scans on our OCT machine at this point. Our team member will also run through a few quick questions with you to ensure we fully understand your eye care needs.
Part 2: The Optometrist:
The actual eye examination itself consists of four main parts and is conducted by one of our highly experienced optometrists. The main parts of the eye examination include:
(a) The initial conversation and history taking:
Our optometrist will discuss in detail the reason for your visit as well as any ocular and systemic health problems. By taking a thorough history, our optometrist can establish any areas of concern and provide you with all the necessary help and advice you may require.
(b) The subjective refraction:
This is when your prescription is formulated. What ends up in your spectacles or contact lenses is a direct result of this part of the examination. Our state of the art phoropter head means our subjective results are second to none.
(c) The ocular examination:
The most important part of the examination bar none! William Shakespeare once said "the eyes are the windows to your soul...." and how true this is. Many systemic disorders are regularly picked up at your eye examination. At Wooding Optometrists, we use state of the art equipment to ensure no stone is left unturned.
(d) The summary:
At the end of the examination our optometrist will discuss their findings, along with any prescription requirements you may (or may not) have, and the different means of correction available to you. This is your opportunity to ask your optometrist any final questions you may have thought of during the examination and to ensure you leave the examination room feeling fully satisfied. The optometrist will hand you over to a member of our team in the privacy of the consulting room, passing on any relevant information and dispensing requirements. Should any additional tests be required, the optometrist will ensure a team member completes these before you leave.
We also offer an Enhanced Eye Examination to include an OCT which is like an MRI/CAT scan for the eyes and also Macular Pigment Screening. Low Macular Pigment can be a significant factor in the onset of Macular Degeneration. These tests are not funded by the NHS or Standard Private Examinations and therefore the charge is £30 extra. Please enquire when making your appointment and if we can be of any assistance to you, then please do not hesitate to ask us.