An annual eye-exam can be daunting, particularly if you’ve not been to visit your opticians in many years. However a basic eye exam is completely routine and nothing to worry about. Find out what to expect during your annual eye exam here:
What To Expect During Your Eye Exam:
Your typical eye exam will last around 20-30 minutes. Most eye examinations will follow the same typical process. Although some sections may change around during the examination depending on your needs or any issues that need exploring further, your usual exam will proceed as follows:
1. History and Symptoms
Your optician will ask you for the history of your eyes, including any symptoms you’ve been suffering from and whether you have any relatives with a history of eye conditions. You’ll be asked about your general health and any medication you may be taking, as well as any glasses or contact lenses you may use currently. Sports, hobbies and your current employment may also affect the health of your eyes, so your optician will ask about these and any additional contextual information that may be relevant.
2. Examining The Health Of Your Eyes
Next, your eyes will be examined to assess their health. This part of the exam is particularly important, as the optician may spot other underlying medical issues. Using a torch or lamp, the optician will examine aspects of your eye including pupil reflexes, your retina, lens and optic nerves. Your eye-coordination and movements will also be checked, to ensure that your muscles are functioning properly. The optician may also recommend that specialist photography be used to gain a more granular overview of your eye health.
3. Testing Your Vision
You’ll go through a number of vision tests to check the capabilities of your eye sight. This will include distance vision tests, which can be used to monitor TV and driving sight – this part of the test will involve reading letters from a chart, which most people are familiar when thinking of eye exams. This will be followed by near vision tests that see how your eyes cope with reading and close-up vision. Your intermediate vision will also be tested, which is useful for computer use. As your optician carries out these tests they’ll decide which lens improve the quality of your sight, and you’ll be asked to give feedback on the lens and solutions that make your sight clearer.
4. Next Steps
At the end of the examination your optician will list their findings, answer any questions and recommend if any treatment is needed. If you need contact lenses or glasses these may need a follow-up consultation to be fitted.
Book Your Eye Exam Today
Book your first or repeat annual eye exam today to check the health of your eyes and ensure your vision is performing optimally. Our friendly team welcome new and existing patients for a range of advice on eye care. Book your eye exam here, or call us on 01736366239.