What happens during your eye examination at Douglas & Hardy?
Your eye examination will be carried out by a dedicated Douglas & Hardy optometrist – the examination can take up to 25/35 minutes. Examination times may be extended should additional testing be required to ensure the best possible vision outcome.
As well as testing your sight, your Douglas & Hardy optometrist will check the health of your eyes as well as to look for signs of general eye and health problems.
Here is what’s what to expect:
Patient History and symptoms
At the start of the eye examination, your optometrist will ask why you are having your eyes examined, whether it is a routine check-up or if you have come for a specific reason? If you are experiencing problems with your eyes or vision, your optometrist will need to know what symptoms you have, how long you have had these symptoms and whether any changes have happened suddenly or over a period of time.
You will also be asked about your general health, including any medication you are taking, whether you suffer from headaches, or have any close relatives with a history of eye problems. You will be asked about your previous glasses or contact lenses (bring them along) and you may be asked about the kind of work you do and whether you play sports or have any hobbies.
Eye Examination at Douglas & Hardy
Douglas & Hardy optometrists will examine both the outside and inside of your eyes, allowing them to assess the general health of your eyes and identifying any other underlying medical problems.
The inside of your eyes will be examined using an ophthalmoscope (a special optical torch), or with a slit lamp and a hand held lens in front of your eye. These instruments will allow your optometrist to examine structures such as the lens inside your eye for signs of cataracts, your optic nerve where it enters your eye (which is where signs of glaucoma may be spotted), as well as your retina. Your pupil reflexes will also be tested – your optometrist will request you to read letters on a chart (one of the most familiar parts of an eye examination).
Douglas & Hardy offer specialised extra tests, such as photography of the interior and exterior of the eye (additional charge may be charged). Extra tests are also needed for contact lens fitting and check-ups. Please remember to bring your glasses or contact lenses with you when you are booked for an eye examination at Douglas & Hardy.
Your vision will be measured both with and without glasses or lenses to check for any problems with your eyesight – assessing your distance vision eg. for watching television and driving, your near vision eg. for reading and close up work and your intermediate vision eg. using a computer.
Your optometrist will then carry out a number of tests to measure the extent of any such problems with your vision. You will then be asked to choose between different lenses to see which lens will give you optimal quality and clarity of your patient specific vision.
We will also check your eye movements and co-ordination at Douglas & Hardy
Eye movements and co-ordination are checked to make sure that both eyes are working together and that no undue stress is being placed on the eye muscles – good muscle balance is particularly important if you use computers and/or read a lot.
What happens after your eye examination at Douglas & Hardy
Your optometrist will now have detailed knowledge of the health of your eyes, the standard of your vision and any special requirements that you may need. At the end of the examination should you require a pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses, you will be able to discuss the best form of vision correction to suit your individual lifestyle and visual needs with your Douglas & Hardy optometrist or alternatively receive a document confirming that your eyes do not require any visual correction.
Patients should not be afraid to ask questions if there is something you do not understand, your optometrist is there to assist you in the best way possible and ensure your vision is always taken care of. If you require medical treatment for a specific eye condition Douglas & Hardy will refer you to an Ophthalmologist.
Choosing glasses or contact lenses at Douglas & Hardy
After your prescription has been concluded, you will be assisted in selecting spectacles or contact lenses – your optometrist will advise you on the best type of frame for your needs and prescription. As part of continuing care and service your optometrist will happily adjust or make minor repairs to your glasses wherever possible.
If you have a preference for contact lenses, your optometrist will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of contact lenses with you, fit them for you and take you through a detailed tutorial on how to insert, remove and clean your contact lenses.
Please note: If you wish to be fitted with contact lenses you may need to return to the practice for a separate appointment to be fitted with them, as well as to be taught of the day to day handling of them.
Most optometrists will always send you a reminder as to when your next appointment is due, however, should you experience any problems with your vision or eyes before your next appointment, we strongly suggest you do not hesitate in contacting your Douglas & Hardy optometrist to make an appointment.
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About Douglas & Hardy
Douglas & Hardy is staffed by dedicated optometrists and passionate assistants who continuously enhance their skills and expand their expertise, to stay at the forefront of optometric eye care and visual aid innovation.