Eye Examination

We rely on our sight in all aspects of daily life and therefore an eye examination is essential to monitor eye health and maintain the best vision possible.

We strive to provide the most thorough eye examinations using the latest technology and equipment so you, the patient, have full confidence in our findings and recommended management.

What to expect?

We allow about about 40 minutes for our eye examinations but we will advise you if you require any extra specific tests and how long these may take.

We have a general routine we perform for every patient, but as we like to treat every patient as an individual the Safarian & Simon Opticians will tailor the examination similarly, which guarantees you a thorough examination executed smoothly, keeping you as relaxed as possible.

As well as including all tests to check for your sight and to see if any vision correction is required (e.g. spectacles or contact lenses) we also check for any potential eye diseases like Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular Degeneration to name a few.

Our equipment is soon to include advanced digital retinal imaging, which allows us to take images of the inside of your eyes so even small abnormalities can be detected, recorded and compared in future checks.  Our imaging device is significantly advanced compared to other opticians and involves no flash of light.

We also offer Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning, we have carefully selected the most advanced OCT on the market-Heidelberg Spectralis, which is commonly used only in private eye units as the repeatable nature and accuracy is Gold Standard. Glaucoma and Macula degeneration can be detected sooner and monitored more extensively than ever before and more so than conventional examination methods.

Combining this with modern examination techniques we can ensure all is done to help prevent unnecessary deterioration to your sight and eye health. Other tests we will carry out include binocular assessment (how well the eyes work together), peripheral visual field analysis using Humphreys Visual Fields and intraocular pressure measurement, either by traditional ‘puff’ or ‘no puff’.

The optometrist will always explain the results of the various assessments and you will be given every opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The recommendations given at the end of the eye examination by the Safarian & Simon Opticians will take into account factors such as your working environment, lifestyle and any leisure pursuits you have, so we can meet your visual needs in the best possible way.

Are you entitled to a Free NHS Sight Test?

You may be entitled to an NHS-funded Sight Test. Patients who are under 16, 60 and over, or patients with certain medical conditions or in receipt of certain benefits all qualify. For a complete list click here. If you have any questions about whether you may be eligible, please contact us in practice. If you are not eligible for an NHS sight test, we offer private sight tests as well.

How often should one have an eye examination?

We advise regular eye examinations for everyone including children, even when you are not experiencing any difficulties. In accordance with national guidelines the recommended intervals are set out in the table below:

National guidelines for eye tests

  • Aged 15 years or below
every year
  • Aged 16 – 69 years
every 2 years
  • Aged 70 years and over
every year
  • Diabetic and Glaucoma patients
every year
  • Aged 40 years or over with an immediate relative with Glaucoma
every year

The above are general guidelines but if it is clinically required an eye examination may be advised more frequently, the Safarian & Simon Opticians will advise you of this.

Please contact us if you have any queries or questions about our eye examination and related issues, we would be most happy to advise you.