What Happens During the Consultation?
The basic eye examination routine is laid out by the General Optical Council, our professional governing body. The test obviously differs slightly depending on your age, eye health issues, and any requests from GPs or consultants.
Your Optometrist will talk to you about your eye health and general health, and ask you about family history of disease. They will also discuss your occupation, hobbies, and ask for any other information to help them fulfill your visual needs. If you are on medication then please bring the details along with you.
Your Optometrist will check the glasses you presently wear, and talk you through good or bad points about them. They can advise you on different eye wear choices, and explain this to the dispensing assistant after your eye examination.
Your Optometrist will check the health of your eyes inside and out! We do not touch the eye or cause you any pain or discomfort during these examinations. They will analyse the results from your pre-screening and talk through the tests with you. Using a series of different methods your Optometrist will assess your standard of vision, and talk to you about whether you need prescription glasses.
They may pick up some problems with your general health, and will tell you if you need to visit your GP for help. If any eye problems need further investigation or treatment, your Optometrist will discuss this with you, and will refer you on if they feel you need medical treatment.