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your eye examination

The Process

Much has changed in the last 12 months here. I have invested over £100,000 in new examination equipment, making your next exam the most comprehensive available in the country. 

Your exam will now take around 45 minutes: Please don’t be late!!! If you are late, we may not be able to see you due to the extensive nature of the tests I now do.

When you arrive you will get booked in at reception on ground floor and your personal details verified.

The first 15 minutes of your exam will be downstairs on lower ground floor in our specially designated exam room. The tests will be done by Gemma, my Clinical Assistant. She will do the tests, but will not be discussing the outcome with you. That will be done by me. The following examinations will take place in that room:

  • Optomap retinal mapping. The most sophisticated 3D view of the peripheral retina ever. Brand new to the UK market, there are fewer than 50 of these in the entire country. Painless and quick, it gives me an unrivalled view of the periphery of the back of your eye. If you want more information, click here.
  • Automated intraocular pressure testing: softer than the previous instrument, 3 gentle puffs in each eye
  • Peripheral visual field testing

Then you’ll head back up the stairs and continue to the first floor. There may be a short wait whilst I examine your results before inviting you into the room to continue your consultation. Here I will be doing the vision tests you are familiar with, including OCT 3D imaging of the macula (the part of the central retina where all the light focuses).

All of these tests are included in the usual private exam fee (currently £60) and those of you with NHS eligibility it will generally be an optional extra of £40, as the basic NHS test does not allow for OCT imaging nor the new OPTOMAP peripheral retinal scan. I believe both of these are vital to allow me to give you the most accurate information on the health of your eyes. Anything less is clearly second-best. 

new patients

If I am seeing you here, at Brad Abrahams, for the first time, then it would be incredibly useful for you to bring your latest prescription from your previous opticians and all of the glasses you are currently wearing to your appointment so that I can have as much information about your ocular history as possible.


The practice is situated over three floors. During the course of your eye examination you will need to walk up and down two flights of stairs to visit both exam rooms. Due to the design of the building we are unable to install a lift or a chair lift to assist patients with limited mobility.



There are many different ways in which to assess eyesight, I select the most appropriate to the individual using the latest technology, and have invested over £100,000 in the last 12 months alone to ensure I have the best equipment available to give you the most comprehensive eye examination possible.

Some of the equipment I use in my practice include:

Daytona Plus Scanner - Optos

Provides ultra-high resolution retinal imaging, capturing an Optomap in seconds. Five times more retina is visible, capturing 82% of the retina in one image, including the outer edges of the eye. It rules out numerous issues including retinal diseases, diabetes and retinal detachment or tears.

OCT (Optical Coherence Tomographer) - Topcon

The OCT machine produces a wide-angle high-resolution fundus image in a split second allowing us to rule out macular degeneration and glaucoma.

TRK-2P, Kerato-refractometer, tono-pachymeter - Topcon

The TRK-2P combines a refractometer, a keratometer, a non-contact tonometer and a pachymeter in one compact instrument. It takes measurements of the eye, records an estimated prescription and completes an intraocular pressure measurement .

Slit Lamp - Topcon

Used in conjunction with a biomicroscope, it provides a microscopic exam of eyelids, sclera, conjunctiva, iris and cornea, using a high intensity light source.

FDT Frequency Doubling Technology -  Zeiss

Fast and effective test of your visual field (peripheral vision), a key indicator to rule out glaucoma.

the patient journey - what to expect