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What Happens In An Eye Test?

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The first thing we would like to specify in this article is that everyone’s eyes are different and everyone’s eye tests will be different too. The average eye test that we carry out at The Specs Place will take around half an hour to complete. Our opticians will make sure that we tailor the eye test to your specific┬áneeds so that each test is unique based on a number of factors. For example, if your family has a history of this, the results of your last test, whether you’re currently wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Regular eye tests are so important in order for clear and comfortable vision, but they are also an important health check. Eye tests are used to detect eye related conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration. But they can also help to spot problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure too, which can help to spot issues before they become a major problem.

During our eye tests, they will begin with a discussion with one of our friendly team of opticians. During this, we will ask you about your lifestyle, whether there have been any major changes in your eyesight that you’ve noticed and if you’re a returning customer then we will check over your previous records. There are many different exercises that we can use during your eye test and it is unlikely that we will use them all but they include:

The Non Contact Tonometer

This machine tests the pressure in your eyes by bouncing a puff of air at each eye in turn. High pressure can indicate glaucoma.

The Autorefractor

This tests how well your eyes focus and gives your optician an approximate prescription for glasses.

The Test Chart

This is the one most people are familiar with; this is when the optician will ask you to read from a chart, testing your distance and near vision.

The Ophthalmoscope

Using a bright light to shine into your eyes, the optician examines the retina. This is an important test as it can show up early signs of diabetes or high blood pressure.

The Digital Retinal Camera

This is used to photograph the retina and allows the optometrist to keep a record of your retinal health.

The Slit Lamp

An important test for contact lens wearers, the slit lamp examines the cornea, iris, and lens to check for any scratches or abrasions.

We hope you enjoyed this article and have a better understanding of what goes into our eye tests here at The Specs Place in Longton, Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire. If you would like more information or book an eye test then be sure to get in touch with us via our contact form or give us a call on 01782 330803. Be sure to like our Facebook page to keep up with our latest offers.