Ten Steps of Eye Testing

1. Visiting the Opticians:

The optical assistant makes sure that your confidential customer record is accurate and up-to-date. If you are wearing contact lenses, you need to remove them before your eyes are tested.

2. The auto-refractor:

The auto refractor takes an electronic measurement of how well your eyes focus and gives a read out of your approximate prescription for the optometrist to use. If we do not have a record of your current prescription, the foci meter can read it from your glasses so that it can be compared with the findings of your eye examination by the optometrist.

3. About your health and lifestyle:

The optometrist asks questions about your health, your family's health, your work and your work style. It is very important to have a clear understanding of your vision needs, especially if a specific problem is the reason for your visit.

4. The retinoscope:

The optometrist may use an instrument called a retinoscope, which bounces a light beam off the back of your eye and back into the instrument. Different lenses focus the reflected light beam until it is steady, giving a close guide to the prescription you need. The retinoscope is very accurate. It is used to test the sight of very small children, or people with communication difficulties who can't easily describe how clearly they can see.

5. The test chart:

The optometrist fine-tunes his findings by asking you to read the test chart through different strength lenses. - The results for one often vary from those for the other, so each eye will be tested individually before both eyes are finally tested together The optometrist flips different lenses in front of your eyes that changes how clearly you can see Depending on your answers, the optometrist changes the lenses until you have the clearest most comfortable vision possible

6. Using the ophthalmoscope:

The optometrist uses an ophthalmoscope to examine the retina at the back of the eye, including the blood vessels and the front of the optic nerve. This important test can detect changes which can indicate diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. The optometrist darkens the room and sits quite close to you, while they shine a bright light into each eye in turn using the ophthalmoscope. The light may leave shadows on your vision, but these soon fade.

7. The Oxo box:

You are also asked to focus on an Oxo box, and say whether the illuminated lines are in line horizontally and vertically. This indicates whether your eyes work well together— balanced and coordinated eyes are essential for clear comfortable vision.

8. The slit lamp:

The slit lamp is a powerful, illuminated microscope that is used to examine the outer surface of your eyes - the cornea, the iris and the lens-to check for abnormalities or scratches. This is a very important test for contact lens wearers.

9. Testing your focus:

The optometrist may test your ability to focus at varying distances to decide if you need different prescriptions for distance and reading.

10. Discussing your needs:

The optometrist will try to answer your queries during the eye examination, and will explain his findings If the optometrist considers that you would have clearer vision with a change of prescription or new glasses, they will explain why and recommend the best options After your eye examination, your optometrist will pass on his findings and recommendations to our optician, who will he you to choose your new glasses.