ADULTS & CHILDREN
Let’s face it, you can spend as much as you like on specs but, if the prescription is wrong, the specs are no good! At Look Opticians you will be tested by a qualified optometrist, who will ensure that your vision is thoroughly checked.
However, there is much more to an eye examination than just obtaining a prescription. The optician will check the health of your eyes, both externally and internally and may carry out additional tests. These may include:
Visual field screening – checks your peripheral vision
Tonometry – checks the level of your intraocular pressure
Dilation – drops will be put in your eyes to dilate your pupils, allowing the optician a clearer view of the back of your eye
Fundus photography – a digital image is taken of the back of your eye for future reference & comparison
Slit lamp investigation – this is a specialised microscope used to examine the front surface of your eye – yellow fluorescein drops may be used with this
Keratometry – measures the curvature on the front of your eye for contact lenses
If the optician detects something out of the ordinary, you may be referred to the hospital or to your GP for further investigation – don’t be alarmed if this happens, it is usually only because the optician wishes some further, hospital based examination to be undertaken. Don’t be afraid to ask about any procedure, we are always happy to explain what is happening and why!
NHS & ENTITLEMENT
Since April 2006, everyone in Scotland is entitled to a free NHS eye examination. For most people this will be carried out every two years, but there are many groups who may be seen more frequently. If you are in any doubt, please contact us and we will advise you how often you should be seen.
A lot of people comment that, during the sight test, they feel they have given the wrong answers to the optician! Don’t worry, when the optician asks you if a certain lens is better, worse or the same, there is no “right or wrong” answer. These questions only refine and confirm what the optician has already found using the instruments. Don’t be afraid to ask to see the options again!