Our sight is arguably our most precious sense, yet we do so little to protect it. A routine eye exam can lead to early detection of many eye conditions and save our sight. Sometimes there may not be any eye problems and a pair of spectacles or a change in prescription may be the solution.
A routine eye examination consists of a series of non invasive tests which reveal not only the health of your eyes but any underlying general health conditions. A routine eye examination will also assess the level of your vision and any correction required.
At A.B Optics all our Optometrists are registered with the General Optical Council. They are fully trained and qualified to offer the best possible advice for your visual needs.
The eye exam will begin by addressing any worries or concerns you may have about your eyes, spectacles or contact lenses. Details of any eye health history and details of your general health and medication are also taken into consideration. Any family history of eye problems is also noted.
The Optometrist will then examine the inside of the eyes using a number of different instruments. These may include a hand held torch called an Ophthalmoscope or a slit lamp, which projects a slit beam on the eye, in combination with a condensing lens. Optomap examination is also available, if required.
We are proud to be one of the few practices in the midlands to boast an Optomap laser scanner. Scanning laser technology can be used to examine your eyes in much greater detail. Optomap allows the Optometrist to capture up to an 80% view of the retina with one image. The process is simple and painless and the images can be reviewed instantly. The images are stored safely to be used as a bench mark for future comparison. Images can also be transferred to other medical professionals, if required.
Following the assessment of the eyes,the Optometrist will assess the level of vision using a test chart and then determine if any prescriptive lenses are required to correct the vision. This may be done using the traditional method of trial lenses and frames or a computerised phoropter.
Any additional tests, such as the visual field test or the “puff of air” test, will be recommended at the stage.
On completion, the optometrist will discuss their overall findings with you including the health of your eyes and any spectacles or contact lenses that may be required. They will take into account not only your visual requirements but also the health of your eyes when prescribing spectacles or contact lenses. If your optometrist decides to refer you to your GP or local hospital they will explain this to you fully.