Your Eye Examination
A Specialeyes examination takes from 20 to 30 minutes and is performed by one of our fully qualified and experienced optometrists at our practice in Stretford Mall. The eye examination will usually include:
History and Symptoms
Several questions will be asked about the reasons for your consultation. This may be that you have been recommended by a friend or you may have been referred by your Doctor or the hospital. If you are having problems, our optometrist needs to know how long you have had them, if any changes have happened over a short or long period and if these are associated with any particular task.
You will be asked about your general health, your diet and about any medicines you are taking. Details of headaches, if any, and any close relatives who have eye problems will be needed to make sure these problems are not present in your eyes. Other information such as your occupation and details of your hobbies help the optometrist to assess your visual needs and ensure that the correct spectacles are prescribed if you need them.
Examining your eyes
During your eye test, your eyes will be examined both internally and externally. This will enable us to make an assessment of the general health of your eyes and to identify any other underlying health problems. The interior of your eye will be examined with an ophthalmoscope which is like a torch which is shined through the pupil of your eyes. Other tests may be carried out, if necessary, such as tests to rule out glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Your vision will be tested with and without your spectacles or contact lenses to establish how well you can see and to ensure you are seeing as well as you are able. There are several other tests that follow. The precise order of the tests and the type will depend on the reason for your visit and the results of the initial part of the consultation, as well as your family history. You will be asked to choose between different lenses to determine whether or not you need glasses or contact lenses.
Eye movements and co-ordination.
Several tests can be used to make sure your eye muscles are working properly together. This is particularly important to ensure that maximum efficiency is maintained and to keep you as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you have special close work requirements, such as lots of computer work, cross-stitching or other special hobbies or occupations, your examination will take these into consideration and specific advice given.