Opticians are like any other medical practitioner; they provide a helpful and needed service for their patients. Of course, like any other medical practitioner, some people don’t like them. Maybe they don’t want people near their face, maybe because they’re just afraid of having someone examine their eyes, who knows?
Knowing what happens when you book an eye test Loftus or anywhere else will help alleviate fears, and also make the whole process easier, both for you and your doctor.
Here are the things to expect at your eye-exam.
Give it an hour
Most comprehensive eye exams take about an hour to finish, so you’ll want to plan accordingly with that in mind. Lunch breaks might be too tight of a time frame for your visit. Also, you’ll want to consider being early; if the place sells frames on location, you can try out pairs to find one that you like.
When you book an eye test Loftus or anywhere else, the doctor will ask you questions about your overall health. Be as honest and open as possible, divulging information about vision and eye issues, any old injuries and/or surgeries, as well as medications and your overall medical health, which includes family history. Don’t be afraid to ask them for tips on how to improve your eye health, either.
Visual acuity test
It’s the eye chart everyone sees in the doctor’s place. It’s designed to measure your vision’s sharpness, as well as your near and far vision. You’ll be reading as much as you can from the chart while looking through lenses of varying grades, which will help figure out what glasses you need, if any.
A retinoscopy is a simple and straightforward test where you will focus your vision on a target, usually a letter, and the doctor will shine a light at your eye while switching through lenses in a machine. This will help them estimate your prescription. If the doctor still needs to narrow it down further, you’ll also be subjected to a refraction test, which will include an instrument with lots of lenses for you to see through.
A visual field test is aimed at measuring your peripheral vision, or how you see things away from your point of focus. Most tests have a centre light, which you’ll be focusing on, and various tiny lights flashing along the sides, while you will press a button if you see the lights. If you don’t then that means the light is in your blind spot.