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Eye Examination

Our optometrists conduct a thorough examination of your eyes to check their health and function. We will discuss our findings with you and advise you on the most appropriate course of action including the type of visual correction most appropriate to you.

We offer 3 types of eye examinations; it is not necessary to undertake every diagnostic test on every patient, and we can adapt our examinations to each of our patient’s needs. We have invested in technology we believe would be beneficial to our patients. This includes;

  • Zeiss Humphrey Peripheral Field analyzer equivalent to the same as the Royal Hallamshire Hospital has; this is used to help diagnose Glaucoma, Cataracts and Macular Degeneration
  • I care Contact Tonometer – records your eye pressure; so there is no “puff of air” test; this is used to help diagnose Glaucoma
  • Monaco Retinal Optomap & OCT scanner (for more information see our Optomap page)

If you are over 40 all our examinations include glaucoma testing.

If you are over 40 all our examinations include glaucoma testing using:

  • A contact tonometer to record your eye pressure; so there is no “puff of air” test; this is used to help diagnose Glaucoma.
  • The Zeiss Humphrey field machine, the same as the Royal Hallamshire Hospital has; this is used to help diagnose Glaucoma, Cataracts and Macular Degeneration.

Field of vision with Age Related Macular Degeneration

Field of vision with Cataract

Field of vision with Glaucoma

Standard eye examination 30 - 40 mins (Children & NHS free)

Suitable for children, young adults and patients who are not experiencing any problems.  It includes:

  • History and Symptoms
  • Refraction assessment
  • Binocular vision assessment
  • External eye examination
  • Internal eye examination
  • Measurement of intraocular pressures (if appropriate)
  • Visual field testing (if appropriate)
  • Advice and recommendations
  • Referral for further investigations if necessary

Comprehensive eye examination 40 mins (NHS discount, Children free)

Suitable for all patients including children.  But is especially beneficial to patients with diabetes, family history of glaucoma, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration, high blood pressure, history of retinal tears, holes or detachment.  It includes:

  • History and Symptoms
  • Refraction assessment
  • Binocular vision assessment
  • External eye examination
  • Internal eye examination
  • Measurement of intraocular pressures (if appropriate)
  • Visual field testing (if appropriate)
  • Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging
  • Time to view and discuss your Optomap scans as the optometrist explains them
  • Advice and recommendations
  • Lifestyle and nutritional advice for healthy eyes
  • Referral for further investigations if necessary

For more information please see our section on the Optomap.

Comprehensive eye assessment 40 mins (NHS discount)

Suitable for patients over 60 or patients with existing eye problems.  But is especially beneficial to patients with diabetes, family history of glaucoma, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration, high blood pressure, history of retinal tears, holes or detachment.  It includes:

  • History and Symptoms
  • Refraction assessment
  • Binocular vision assessment
  • External eye examination
  • Internal eye examination
  • Measurement of intraocular pressures (if appropriate)
  • Visual field testing (if appropriate)
  • Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Time to view and discuss your OCT & Optomap scans as the optometrist explains them
  • Advice and recommendations
  • Lifestyle and nutritional advice for healthy eyes
  • Referral for further investigations if necessary

For more information please see our section on the Optomap/OCT.

Children's Eye Examination

Children can be tested at any age – they do not need to be able to read to have an eye examination – we can use pictures instead.   Children should be tested before they start school; children with vision problems may not realise it themselves.

Eye examinations for children under 19 in full time education are free under the NHS. If glasses are prescribed, the NHS provides additional assistance.

Some of the most common symptoms that indicate your child may be experiencing problems with their sight are:

  • Sitting too close to the television;
  • Screwing up eyes/frowning to see;
  • Looking cross eyed;
  • Holding a book too close to their face or getting frustrated when reading;
  • Skipping words or whole lines of text;
  • Finding it difficult to focus/copy from the board during lessons;
  • Difficulty throwing/catching.

Vision problems can have a significant impact on a child’s development and education, but these problems are easily corrected by an experienced optometrist.