Whitby & Co. - Fleet Street Clinic

About Your Eye Test

Eye Tests & Eye Examinations

Don’t forget to wear or bring along your glasses to your eye test appointment

An eye examination or eye test is undertaken by a qualified optometrist to assess the quality of your vision and how it can be improved, as well as to look for eye problems and general health problems affecting your eyes. Ideally, everyone should have an eye examination annually or more frequently if recommended by your optometrist. An eye examination does not take long – usually just around 30 minutes – and will cover the following:

Your medical history:

Our optometrists will undertake take a thorough review of your relevant medical history, and will want to know whether you have any relatives with eye problems. They will also ask about any concerns, problems or symptoms you maybe experiencing, and any medication you may be taking.

Our optometrists will also ask about the nature of your work, your lifestyle, hobbies and interests, so as to form a complete picture of your eye health and optical requirements. That will also ask about any previous glasses or contact lenses you may have been prescribed.

Eye Examination and Testing

At our private London-based optometry practice, you can be certain of the very best level of care.  Our optometrists are highly experienced and will quickly put you at your ease.

Here are some of the instruments and tests they will use:

  • Auto-refractor: This gives an electronic measurement of your approximate prescription. If we do not have a record of your current prescription, we may also use an instrument called a focimeter to read this from your glasses, so that this can be compared with the results of your eye examination.
  • Non- Contact Tonometer: Our optometrist will  use a machine that will blow a few puffs of air into your eye; when the air refracts back to the machine it gives a reading of the pressure in each eye. High eye pressure can be an indicator of early-stage glaucoma, so it is important to test for this regularly.
  • Opthalmoscope: Our optometrist uses an opthalmoscope to examine the retina, blood vessels and front of the optic nerve of the eye. This instrument uses an intensely bright light, which can briefly leave shadows in your vision.
  • The test chart: You will be asked to read a chart to get your baseline  assessment of your vision without any prescription lens assistance. You will then be asked to look through different lenses flipping in front of each eye, repeating the test; this allows fine-tuning of your prescription, based on your responses. Both eyes are then tested together at the end of the examination, to ensure you have clear and comfortable vision.
  • Oxo Box: Red and green coloured lines are used to test if your eyes are balanced, coordinated, and working together. This is vital for comfortable vision.
  • Visual Fields Test: This tests for any blind spots in your vision, using random dots or lights flashing against a black background.
  • Slit Lamp: This is a powerful microscope that allows our optometrist to examine the cornea, iris and lens of the eye, as well as look to for any scratches or abnormalities on its surface.
  • Focus: Our optometrist will test your ability to focus at different reading distances, to assess whether you need different prescriptions for distance versus reading.

For more information about a contact lens appointment click here. A contact lens appointment can be arranged separately, or you can book a longer appointment to include both an eye examination and a contact lens check.

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