Because every individual’s needs are different… The eye examination is the cornerstone of the service we provide.
Your eyesight is a precious sense, so it is very important that you have regular eye examinations, at least every two years, whether you feel you need spectacles or not.
There are three key stages to the eye examination:
1. Vision tests: to determine your visual capabilities and measure your prescription.
- Visual acuity
- Subjective refraction
- Reading addition
2. Eye movement tests: to check how well your 12 eye muscles are really working.
3. Eye health tests: to check for signs of eye disease and some general health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
- Visual field examination
- Retinal screening photography
What to do if you feel something wrong with your eyes
If you are concerned that you may have something wrong with your eyesight, either one of the conditions covered here or any other concerns, you should make an appointment to see us to have your eye examined.
If you injure your eye or suffer severe pain, you should go to your nearest ophthalmic clinic or accident and emergency department as soon as possible. A regular eye health check can also pick up problems with your general health as well as that related to your vision.
Elements to your eye examination
The following areas will be examined to your individual requirements and used in determining your prescription and the health of your eyes.
Full history. Since many eye problems are related to physical health and hereditary factors, problems experienced by you or your family will be identified and taken into account.
Internal Eye pressure. The result can indicate the possible presence of Glaucoma. This condition is usually found in adults over the age of 40.
Visual field screening. Visual field screening checks for your all round vision and can indicate neurological problems.
Colour perception. This can indicate colour blindness. As this is normally a stable hereditary condition, the test is usually only carried out at your first visit.
Muscle balance analysis. This determines if your eyes are co-ordinated and working properly.
Interior and exterior of eyes. Examination of the various parts of the eye can give an overall picture of the condition of your eyes and your general health.
Stereoscopic acuity. Mainly used with children, this examination helps in the detection of a ‘lazy’ eye.
Pupil reflexes. Pupil reflexes examine your pupil’s reaction and may indicate neurological problems.
Visual acuity and vision assessment. Measures your vision with and without spectacles. An instrument called a focimeter also ‘reads’ the prescription in existing spectacle lenses.
Prescription assessment – Refraction. Objective tests (where I will observe the results) and subjective tests (where you as a client will say what you see) determine whether you are longsighted, short-sighted, astigmatic, presbyopic, or have no optical error at all.
I’ll explain all the results of your examination to you and give you a record for any prescription or special instructions. At the end of your Eye Test, I will also recommend when it will be advisable for you to return for your next appointment.
What makes us different to other Optometrists?
OCT; akin to an MRI scan, this is included in the price of a private eye examination at Brad Abrahams. For more information on this advanced technology click here.