What to Expect From Your Eye Examination
Letter charts, green dots and red dots and sophisticated equipment can leave patients who are coming for an eye test a little confused about what we are actually testing. Here’s a lowdown on what actually happens at an eye test.
Getting to know you and your eyes
When you first come in our testing room you’ll be welcomed by our opticians who will start by obtaining a medical history. We’ll ask lots of questions about your vision, eye health and whether any eye conditions run within the family. It’s crucial for us to know so we’re aware of any special conditions that we may need to investigate further for e.g glaucoma and diabetes.
The equipment we use
Over the last few years, Realeyes has invested heavily in state of the art optical equipment. Our accurate machines test your vision and get an accurate reading of your current prescription. Gone are the days of wearing an overly heavy, uncomfortable metal frame on your face with the hundreds of lenses we add into it to make your vision perfect. We now use a computerised system called a Phoropter to measure the exact glasses prescription to tailor make lenses to your personal needs. If you’re over 40 years old, you will also have your eye pressure measured with our pressure machines – the ‘puffs’ of air are much gentler on the eye.
It’s also important to make sure that you can see in the periphery, especially if you drive or have any concerns, we use our Oculus Smartfield machine to test your visual fields. The machine also allows us to take an in-depth analysis of your visual field.
Using our special Fundus camera, we can also take photos of the back of your eye (a retina), so that we can have an objective measure to compare any changes with future visits to Realeyes. Testing the back of the eye is important to detect and monitor conditions like diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
And for the children…
We have various different tests that we carry out for children too, in particular binocular vision testing, which helps determine your child does not have a lazy eye, colour vision testing and we carry out dyslexia screening for those who may have concerns for their children’s reading ability.
A final report
With all the tests combined, we are able to compile a comprehensive report of your eyes health and vision, which we will talk you through. Having an eye test is not only about whether you need glasses or not but also keep a check on the health of your eye. Unlike other conditions, eye ailments can only be determined by an eye examination by a qualified optician.
We can’t stress enough how important to keep up to date with your regular checkups so we can track any changes that occur with your vision and your eye health.
You can book an appointment today by visiting your local store or booking an appointment online.
Written by our in house optician, Janki Vadgama, who is based at our Streatham branch.