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Eye tests and examinations

Why should I have an eye examination?

An eye examination should be part of everyone’s normal health routine and is an important part of looking after your eyes. You may think of this as just an eye test, but it’s more than a simple test of your sight. Your optometrist is able to check your eye health and other general health issues during an eye examination and give advice.

Here are some important reasons to have a regular eye examination and look after your eyes:

  • It can detect early signs of eye conditions before you notice them.
  • It can also detect other general health problems.
  • Good vision helps you work and play safely and comfortably. It leads to a better quality of life.
  • Your eyes are the only pair you’ve got. If you lose your eyesight it may never be replaced.
  • Unlike your teeth, your eyes do not usually hurt if there is something wrong.


How often should I have my eyes examined?

Most people should have their eyes examined every two years, however you may need to have an examination more often depending on your age and medical history. If you are over 40 years old or at particular risk of developing eye conditions such as glaucoma, your optometrist will recommend how regularly you need to have an eye examination. Of course, if you have any problems with your eyes, or notice any changes in your sight, then you should see your optometrist too.

What happens in an eye examination?

An eye examination is carried out by an optometrist and usually takes about 20-30 minutes. Sometimes it can take longer if you need extra tests, but this is to make sure you can see as well as possible.

As well as testing your sight, the optometrist will check the health of your eyes and look for signs of general health problems.

Fully qualified optometrists

Our Opticians are registered with the General Optical Council, College of Optometrists and The Association of Optometrists so you know your eye test is being conducted be qualified staff.

Examining your eyes

Our optometrist will examine both the outside and inside of your eyes. This will allow us to assess the health of your eyes and may identify any other underlying medical problems.

The inside of your eyes will be examined using an ophthalmoscope, which is a special 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, to see if you have signs of cataract
  • your optic nerve where it enters your eye (which is where signs of glaucoma may be spotted)
  • your retina
  • your pupil reflexes.

We will also ask you to read letters on a chart, which is one of the most familiar parts of an eye examination.

We offer extra tests, such as retinal photography of the interior and exterior of the eye, for which an additional charge may be made. Extra tests are also needed for contact lens fitting and check-ups.

Digital retinal photography

Gillies specialise in digital retinal photography and e use the very latest state of the art digital retinal cameras. This enables us to take a picture of the back of your eye and compare it at your next eye test. This part of the eye test helps us to monitor your eye health and identify any changes in the retina that might be associated with eye disease or general health problems.

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