The Eye Examination
It is a common misconception that you only get your eyes tested to see if you need glasses, many people don’t feel the need to keep up regular checks because they are quite happy with their vision. As well as a vision check the eye examination is a thorough check of your ocular health both internally and externally and can also indicate some underlying problems in your general health allowing early detection and treatment of problems like glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore a regular eye examination is important for everyone not just those who currently wear spectacles. This is especially important for children as vision problems picked up early while the eyes are still developing can be treated to assist the natural development and may reduce the need for spectacles in later life.
Retinal Digital Imaging
As a supplement to the routine examination, we offer Retinal Digital Imaging, this involves taking a detailed photo of the back of the eye which can be enlarged to allow us to examine any abnormalities or changes which may not be visible to the human eye using traditional testing methods. The photos are stored on computer to allow a comparison of any changes in any subsequent tests.
Tonometry is the measurement of the intraocular pressure which can be an indicator that further investigation may be needed to rule out the possibility of glaucoma. This then for many, especially those with family history, is an essential part of the test but some people are put off by what is often referred to as "the puff of air", our equipment allows us to take a quick easy measurement with no puff or loud noise which many people find much less invasive.
The use of computers and screens is now exceptionally common in the workplace. If you use a screen or monitor on a regular basis the Health and Safety Executive recommends that your employer should arrange or pay for a VDU screening, or full sight test, at your request and as often as your optometrist deems necessary thereafter.