What your eye test involves?…and it’s importance

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A patient is having an eye exam at the optometrist.

At Eye Emporium we ensure to provide the utmost quality care and advanced technological equipment at your eye test. Catering to your personal needs, health and early diagnostic of eye conditions. The following procedures are set out to offer a variety of specialised tests that allows our optometrists to assess your visual health and potential issues.
Prior to the full eye examination, a pre-test will be performed by our optical assistant, this procedure would endeavor diagnoses equipment that will examine your vision. Used to identify key eye problems such as Cataracts, glaucoma and other developing risks. Other devices in use include:
  • Tonometer – applies a blow of air into your eye to measure internal pressure while the patient is required to focus on a light stream in the distance. This has the ability to identify eye conditions such as glaucoma by detecting an elevation in eye pressure.
  • Autorefractor – offers an indication of the level of your prescription and visual ability, whether you are long or short sighted. This is taken as an electronic measurement from your eyes ability to focus. Results are printed and handed to the optometrists to review you visual ability to offer catered advice.
Health and Lifestyle 
In order to gain a further understanding of your visual health, our optometrists will asks you a series of questions related to your lifestyle and family health in order to give the examiner further understanding on your visual needs.
Eye Examination – inside the testing room
Our professional qualified optometrists will then proceed with the eye examination using various techniques and technological instruments to determine your visual health and prescription, to offer our best lenses option. In the testing room the optometrists, will offer in-depth checks behind the eyes and signs of any progressing conditions. Hence, the importance of conveying your eye problems so we can offer advice and GP referrals.
The examiner would also use a retinoscope as an accurate device to measure your vision. By shining a light into the patients eye this allows the optometrists to assess the reflex of a customers eye. Further determining the prescription for necessary corrective lenses, which is particularly useful for children who struggle to describe their vision.
Visual acuity test – is the initial part of the standard eye test involving the patients ability to identify the smallest sized letters you can read from 20ft away unaided. Even if you miss one or two of the smallest letters on the bottom you can still be assessed as having 20/20 vision, which means your eye sight is that of a normal individual. Children can also take the visual acuity test, as symbols and objects are also used instead of letters.
Following this the optometrists will then offer aid by introducing a series of refractive lenses to identify the intensity of your prescription needed to improve your vision. From the overall examination the optometrist would also offer further advice and recommendations on the best glasses or contact lenses for you. After the eye test, the information will be passed onto our optical assistant who will discuss and explain your prescription. Additionally, offering you styling advice and picking the ultimate frame best suited to your requirements.
Other technical instruments used at Eye Emporium include:
  • Visual fields –  the screening machine assess your visual ability to observe around you. By simply pressing a button when you track the movements around you, this can help track diseases such as glaucoma by identifying missing areas.
  • Slit-lamp test – conveys the structure of the eye, this examines your cornea, eyelid and conjuctiva and the iris. By dilating the pupil with a fluorescent dye this will examine the tear layer of the eyes. Abnormalities such as clouding of the lenses and swelling will reveal any eye conditions such as cataracts and possible progressive issues with your vision.
  • Retinal examination – observes the back of the eye and the retina, usually before this test a dilation of your eyes is needed to prevent the pupil from reducing the size.
The importance of ocular health can offer an indication as to your general health and can offer the ability to determine conditions including high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Making your glasseshorizon
Your prescription lenses are cut and fitted in our laboratory, while more specialist lenses are cut and ordered from our specialised glazing partners Horizon. When they arrive we ensure our optical assistance’s double check the prescription and that there are no imperfections before your collection.
To book yourself an eye test call us at 0800 020 9202 or simply book online here.