About the Eye Examination
Wondering what is in store when we examine your eyes? Well, there is everything you would expect. Thorough tests. Professional staff. Heartfelt service. Plus, a little bit more.
When you book an Eye Examination with us, you can look forward to a service that is a little bit special. Our practice is equipped with the very latest technology, so you will enjoy the most thorough test. Plus, we will not rush you in and out. We will take time to listen to your needs and understand your lifestyle, so we can offer you the kind of personal, individual service and a tailored eye management plan you would expect from your independent Optician.
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. Our Optometrist are experienced and in regular attendance and you will not be examined by a newly qualified optometrist or constant changing of locums.
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 includes advanced infrared 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 (4D 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. It clearly is the OCT of choice, even NASA use it!.
The Visionix 120 is a huge investment in detecting unconventional glaucoma, this imaging device will measure the size of the eye where eye pressure is produced and drained. This has helped many patients who have normal eye pressure but are at risk of ‘normal-pressure’ glaucoma as we can refer for preventive treatment. It also measures the corneal shape and corneal thickness to give us the most accurate pressure reading. It also measures your prescription! We will of course check it, but it gives us confidence in our prescriptions as many patients find it difficult to differentiate between one and two!
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’.
Our Optometrist are constantly training and in constant contact with eye hospitals, this relationship allows our patients to receive the most recent research findings on eye related problems. 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.
What kind of Eye Examinations can I have?
We offer two types of Private Eye Examination. Our eye test is significantly more advanced than most, if not all opticians. You can upgrade your exam to include a very advanced dry eye treatment appointment, most opticians ‘dry eye’ appointment is very basic with some dye and handout out lots of eye drops, we aim to reduce the number of drops you need to use.
1. The Comprehensive Enhanced Eye Examination – this includes:
- Your vision – decide if any correction is needed.
- Binocular vision assessment
- External exam with live image and video capture
- Internal exam for any signs of cataracts, glaucoma and other health issues, like diabetes, high blood pressure and vascular disease – your eyes can be the window to your body’s health, which lets us track the health of your eyes over time
- Humphreys Visual fields (if required)
- Entry level Dry eye assessment
- Icare tonometry (if puff not suitable)
- Dilated exam (if required)
- 4D OCT scan so we can detect serious eye conditions up to 5 years earlier than a normal test. A must for anyone at risk of Macular degeneration, Glaucoma or wanting reassurance
- Infrared Retinal Imaging.
- Visionix 120 scan to measure your corneal shape, pachymetry for corneal thickness for more accurate eye pressure measurement and anterior chamber imaging to detect eye size risk for Glaucoma (particularly useful for normal pressure Glaucoma)
- Referral report to Ophthalmologist (if required)
2. The Ultimate Eye Examination – as above, this includes:
- Advanced Dry eye assessment & Treatment
- Blepharitis treatment with BlephEx, gland expression and lid cleansing.
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.
We are committed to the NHS and will continue to accept applications from NHS patients. However, we would recommend to maintain the health of eyes and early detection of macula degeneration and glaucoma they can upgrade there eye exam to a private enhanced or ultimate by paying the additional fee. This fee which provides the extra services, such as Visionix 120 Scan, 4D OCT, improved eye pressure measurement and retinal imaging are essential for an enhanced eye examination but which are not currently included in the NHS Sight Test.
Those patient under NHS hospital care are being followed up less frequent or not at all now for monitoring, if you have been under hospital care for macular degeneration or glaucoma, the 4D OCT is the recommended diagnostic exam.
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
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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.