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Your Eye Test Explained

At Matthews Opticians & Hearing Care, we take your eye examination very seriously. That is why we allow at least 40 minutes for each examination, which is much longer than most other opticians. We have invested heavily in state of the art equipment to ensure that every part of your eye examination is as thorough and accurate as possible. Equipment like the Topcon  3D OCT and Topcon Retinal camera allow us to take fantastic retinal scans and images to accurately monitor the health of the eyes. The gold standard Humphrey visual fields analyser allow us to accurately record the visual fields detecting early changes that may be indicative of glaucoma or other serious neurological conditions.The topographer allows corneal mapping  so that contact lenses can be tailor made to individual corneal shape.

Your eye examination consists of two main parts:

Part 1: The Pre-Test:

One of our team members will run through a few quick questions with you and may ask you to complete a questionnaire  to ensure we fully understand your eye care needs.

Part 2: The Optometrist:

The actual eye examination itself consists of four main parts and is conducted by one of our highly experienced optometrists to ensure the highest quality is maintained, irrespective of which eye care professional you have your examination with. The main parts of the eye examination include:

(a) The initial conversation and history taking:

Our optometrist will discuss in detail the reason for your visit as well as any ocular and systemic health problems. By taking a thorough history, our optometrist can establish any areas of concern and provide you with all the necessary help and advice you may require.

(b) The subjective refraction:

This is when your prescription is formulated. What ends up in your spectacles or contact lenses is a direct result of this part of the examination. 

(c) The ocular examination:

The most important part of the examination bar none! William Shakespeare once said "the eyes are the windows to your soul....". How true this is. Many systemic disorders are regularly picked up at your eye examination. At Matthews Opticians, we use state of the art equipment to ensure no stone (or eyelid) is left un-turned.The latest slit lamp enables examination of the anterior eye.The Volk lens,retinal camera and the Topcon  3D OCT enable thorough examination of the retina . We check intraocular pressures and visual fields.

(d) The summary:

At the end of the examination our optometrist will discuss their findings, along with any prescription requirements you may (or may not) have, and the different means of correction available to you. This is your opportunity to ask your optometrist any final questions you may have thought of during the examination and to ensure you leave the examination room feeling fully satisfied. The optometrist will hand you over to a member of our team in the privacy of the consulting room, passing on any relevant information and dispensing requirements. Should any additional tests be required, the optometrist will ensure a team member completes these before you leave.

Your Eye Test Explained

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