When you visit the optician, there are a lot of different procedures and tests that can be used to check all aspects of your eye health. If you’re not sure what to expect, this can sometimes be a little daunting. At Willetts & Doig Optometrists, however, you can be sure that you’ll always receive a comprehensive assessment from a reassuring and experienced optometrist.
Before your optometrist starts your eye examination, they will ask you a few questions about your general health, lifestyle and family history of particular eye and medical conditions. As well as allowing them to gain an understanding of your visual requirements in everyday life, this also allows your eye test to be tailored to your personal needs.
Your eye examination will last for approximately 30 minutes, to allow time for your optometrist to thoroughly examine your eyes and vision. During this time, you will be asked to complete a series of tests which are all designed to assess your visual acuity and eye health.
None of these are difficult or painful in any way, but are important for your optometrist to be able to accurately prescribe any eyewear if necessary.
You will also have the opportunity to have retinal photographs taken as part of your examination, but more usefully we are the proud owners of the first, and for many years the only 3D OCT scanner used by opticians on the Isle of Wight. Since investing in this equipment we have scanned the eyes of thousands of patients, gaining unrivalled experience in this most detailed of eye checks.
Our OCT machine allows us to see a much wider section of the back of your eye, which consequently enables a thorough check of your eye health. Many eye conditions, including glaucoma and macular degeneration, can be detected in the very early stages by this method. This in turn allows faster and more effective treatment for you. Best of all, though, is the ability to compare the result at each visit, giving immediate warning of any unexpected changes.
Once your examination is complete, your optometrist will explain their findings to you, including any updates to your prescription that might be required. They’ll also be happy to answer any questions you have, as well as take the time to recommend suitable products for your needs, wants and lifestyle.
If you suffer from dry eye, you’ll also be able to access specialist help and treatment advice from our team in practice. Ross and Michael carry out dry eye assessments as required, during which you will receive a thorough check of your symptoms and eye health. They’ll then suggest the best methods for controlling your symptoms, and making your eyes a little more comfortable.