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    Find out more about what to expect during one of our eye tests and why they're so important.


    Why are regular eye tests so important?

    It’s very important to attend regular eye tests, even when you’re not having any problems with your vision.

    During a sight test the Optometrist will check the health of your eyes; but that’s not all they’re checking. It is also possible to detect some general health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes during an eye test.

    That’s why an eye exam should be a regular part of everyone’s health regime, and why we offer them for free! Read more about our FREE sight tests here.

    Usually a routine sight test is recommended every two years, but some people may need more frequent eye tests. The Optometrist will advise you when to attend your routine check up at the end of your eye exam. We will even send you a reminder letter when your next eye test is due.

    If you experience problems with your eyes, glasses or contact lenses before your routine check is due, you can still book an appointment at any time using our online booking service

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    The eye test

    An eye examination will normally take about 30 minutes and will include:

    Discussion about your eyes and general health

    The Optometrist will ask you questions regarding: 

    • Any symptoms you may have. This can help the Optometrist to find out more about any problems you’ve been experiencing.
    • Your general health. It is useful to understand the state of your general health and whether there are any factors that could affect your eyes. 
    • Any medication you are taking. Some medications have side effects which can affect your eyes. If the optometrist understands what medication you are taking, they can look out for signs of related side effects.
    • Your eye health history. It is useful to understand if any issues with your eyes are ongoing or are recent developments 
    • Health issues in the family. If there are any health conditions that run in your family it is useful for our Optometrist to know so that they can look out for signs and symptoms of these during your eye test.
    • Your lifestyle. Our Optometrist will also want to find out what you do for a living and in your spare time. This additional information helps them to better understand your visual requirements and discuss the most appropriate options for you.


    Your eye examination will then include:

    • Visual assessment i.e. how well you can see?

    • Eye movement and co-ordination checks

    • Pupil assessment

    • External and internal examination of the eyes to check that they are normal and healthy

    • Refraction i.e. to find out if your vision can be improved

    • Other tests as necessary, e.g. repeat pressure tests, visual fields, colour vision



    Discussion of findings

    Once all checks have been completed our Optometrist will discuss the results of the test with you, advise you on whether any correction is needed and let you know when your next routine eye test should be.

    The Optometrist will also provide you with a copy of the results of the sight test and either your new spectacle prescription or a statement telling you that no prescription is required.

    If you would like to book a free* sight test with us now please click the button below.

    Click on the following link to find out more about our contact lens tests.

    Find out more about our free sight tests here.

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