Eye examinations

 eye examinationAlong with comprehensive Private and NHS eye examinations, we are able to offer the following supplementary tests:

  • Wales Eye Care Service (including Eye Health Examination Wales and Low Vision Service Wales)
  • Digital retinal imaging

Please telephone or call in to one of our practices to make an appointment.

Your appointment

  • Please bring any spectacles or contact lenses that you currently wear (or a copy of your most recent prescription).  If you use a magnifier, please bring that along as well.
  • If you wear contact lenses, please wear them to your appointment but bring your spectacles (and a contact lens case) with you.
  • It is important to bring details of any prescription medication(s) you are taking.
  • Some examinations may require that we put drops in your eyes to dilate the pupils.  It is not recommended that you drive immediately after these drops but if you choose to, any driving glasses that you wear, or sunglasses, may make things more comfortable.

The Eye Examination

The eye examination begins by investigating your History and Symptoms.  We’ll discuss any problems your having with your eyes as well as your general health and family history.  This allows us to tailor the examination to your specific needs.  Examinations we routinely perform include:

  • Refraction.  This measures any optical correction you may require to improve your vision.  We will also compare this measurement to any existing correction you may have to establish if there has been any change in your vision.
  • Ophthalmoscopy.  By shining a light through the pupil and into the eye we can assess the structures inside the eye and examine the eyes for problems such as cataracts and macula degeneration.  We also look for damage associated with diseases like diabetes, hypertension and glaucoma. In addition to ophthalmoscopy we can also perform digital retinal imaging to allow us to keep an image of the retina with your records.
  • Oculomotor Balance. This examination checks how well your eyes work together and examines the muscles that control eye movements.
  • Intraocular Pressure.  We measure the pressure of the fluid inside the eye. High pressure can indicate a condition called glaucoma.
  • Pupil Reflexes.  The pupil changes size to control how much light enters the eye. Examination of how the pupil responds to light is an important neurological test.
  • External Eye Examination.  Using an instrument called a slit-lamp Biomicroscope we can examine the structures at the front of the eye.  This includes the eyelids, lashes, conjunctiva, cornea and iris.  Here we can examine for conditions such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis and dry-eye.
  • Visual Field Examination.  This examination tests your peripheral vision.  Problems here may indicate glaucoma, or other neurological conditions.

Regular eye examinations are vital for eye health and good vision.