We rely on our sight in all aspects of daily life and therefore a comprehensive eye examination is essential to monitor eye health and maintain the best vision possible.
We strive to provide the most thorough eye examinations using the latest technology and equipment so you, the patient, have full confidence in our findings and recommended management.
What to expect?
Our eye examinations usually last about 45 minutes but we will advise you if you require any extra specific tests and how long these may take.
We have a general routine we perform for every patient, but as we like to treat every patient as an individual the optician will tailor the examination similarly, which guarantees you a thorough examination executed smoothly, keeping you as relaxed as possible.
As well as including all tests to check for your sight and to see if any vision correction is required (e.g. spectacles or contact lenses) we also check for any potential eye disease like Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular degeneration, Cancer and Tumours to name a few.
Our equipment includes Optomap® ultra-widefield retinal imagining (Hexham branch) which is a non-invasive procedure to take a high resolution 200° digital image of your retina. OCT Scan (Hexham branch) which which is a complex technology used to measure the nerve fibre layers of the retina, similar to a CT scan or MRI. Digital photographs of the inside of your eyes so even small abnormalities can be detected, recorded and compared in future checks. Combining this with modern examination techniques we can ensure all is done to help prevent unnecessary deterioration to your sight and eye health. Other tests we will carry out include binocular assessment (how well the eyes work together), peripheral visual field analysis and intraocular pressure measurement.
The optometrist will always explain the results of the various assessments and you will be given every opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The recommendations given at the end of the eye examination by the optician will take into account factors such as your working environment, lifestyle and any leisure pursuits you have, so we can meet your visual needs in the best possible way.
How often should one have an eye examination?
We advise regular eye examinations for everyone including children, even when you are not experiencing any difficulties. In accordance with national guidelines the recommended intervals are set out in the table below:
National guidelines for eye tests
Aged 15 years or below
Aged 16 – 69 years
|every 2 years|
Aged 70 years and over
Diabetic and Glaucoma patients
Aged 40 years or over with an immediate relative with Glaucoma
The above are general guidelines but if it is clinically required an eye examination may be advised more frequently, the optician will advise you of this.
Please contact us if you have any queries or questions about our eye examination and related issues, we would be most happy to advise you.