Over 80% of what we know about the world is captured by our eyes, therefore your eyesight is one of your most precious senses and deserves the highest standards of professional care. Without good vision it is difficult to enjoy most everyday activities, including reading, driving and watching TV.
Poor sight may also indicate the presence of potentially serious eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, or general health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. Many people do not realise they are now entitled to a free eye exam as specified by the Scottish Executive. Because eye conditions often develop slowly, you may not notice any initial symptoms. That’s why it is essential to have your eyes examined regularly. The sooner any problem is detected, the greater the chance of being treated successfully.
The Eye Exam
There is much more to your eye examination at our practice than finding out if you need spectacles or contact lenses. We also carry out a range of tests to access the health of your eyes. And because everyone’s eyesight is different, we tailor the eye examination to your individual circumstances. This may include the following elements and other tests appropriate, based on our evolution of your visual requirements.
History & Symptoms
First of all, we discuss any problems you might have with your eyesight and general health. Many eye conditions are health related and it is important that you let us know if you are taking any medicines as these may affect your vision. To access your visual needs, we also discuss your work and leisure activities.
If you already wear spectacles or contact lenses, you should bring these to your appointment. We will then check the lenses to establish their type, optical power and how well you can see with them.
This part of the examination finds out whether you need an optical prescription and if so which lenses give you the best vision. We check your near vision (for reading), your distance vision (for driving or TV) and your intermediate vision (for hobbies or computer work). These refraction tests will reveal if you are short sighted, long-sighted or presbyopic or have astigmatism. As everyone’s vision changes over time you may experience one or more of the above conditions. However, all can be corrected with spectacles or contact lenses.
To help us with the booking of your eye examination please complete the below form details. A receptionist from our practice will then contact you to arrange a suitable appointment as soon as possible. Thank you.