Eye examination

We offer a more thorough eye examination as standard – including retinal imaging

If you have not been to the opticians for a few years, or perhaps have never had an eye examination, you might be a little apprehensive about the procedures that are involved. You can rest assured it is nothing to worry about – the exam will be performed by a fully qualified optometrist. Our comprehensive examination lasts approximately 30 minutes.

You might already be familiar with some of the tests you will be asked to complete, such as reading different-sized letters from a chart on the wall. Assessments like these check your visual acuity – how clearly you can see.

You’ll also experience other checks, both of your vision and the health of your eye as a whole. Your optician will use various equipment and techniques to check the physical condition of your eye – especially the back surface, known as the retina – but all of these tests are non-invasive.

Whilst these assessments are undoubtedly useful in informing us about the general health of your eyes, our opticians can usually only see up to 40% of

the back of your eye with hand-held equipment alone. For that reason, here at Alexander Opticians we also include retinal imaging as a standard part of every adult eye examination – something that many other opticians charge as an additional service.

Our retinal imaging camera takes a series of very quick pictures of your eye and combines them all together to produce a much greater representation – up to around 85% – of your retina. Eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration, and even general health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, can all be detected by minor changes in your retina before any other symptoms are present. That is why we feel it is vitally important to capture images of your eyes every time you visit, so that we can monitor any changes over time and detect signs of potential problems at the earliest possible opportunity. Over the years a comprehensive history of your retinal image is built up and is a valuable source of information. This continuity of care will benefit you for years to come.