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Just like a visit to the dentist an eye examination should be part of your regular health care. An eye examination is more than just a sight test. It can identify other health issues.
Your optometrist will check for early signs of eye disease such as glaucoma and cataracts. They can also check for a number of general health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Early diagnosis of an eye or health condition may prevent or delay more serious damage.
Your optometrist will advise you how often you should have your eyes tested. This will depend on your individual needs but for most people it is advised to have an eye examination every two years.
We will make sure you always receive the very best clinical care, treatment and advice.

Your Eye Test at Optical Express will include the following:

  1. History and Lifestyle Evaluation

    You will be asked to complete a health and lifestyle questionnaire. Many general health conditions and lifestyle choices can impact your vision. Your optometrist will use this information to give you the best care and advice. 

  2. Focimetry

    Your glasses will be examined to find out your current prescription strength.

  3. Autorefraction

    A computer controlled machine will calculate how light passes through your eye. This reveals your approximate prescription strength. Your optometrist will use this as starting point when measuring your current eye prescription.

  4. Visual Acuity Testing

    This is the most familiar part of an eye examination where you read letters and symbols of different sizes from an eye chart. It lets us know how well you can see details at near and far distances.

  5. Refraction

    Refraction is the medical term for the measurement of sight. Your optometrist will compare your current prescription to both your focimetry reading and previous prescription. This lets us track any changes in your sight.

  6. Retinal Exam

    To check the back of your eyes are healthy you will be given eye drops to enlarge your pupils. This lets your optometrist see much more of your eye from the inside. In particular the retina which contains the light sensitive cells that help the brain process what we see. 

  7. Extraocular Muscle Assesment

    Your optometrist will hold a pen in front of your face and ask you to follow it with your eyes, without moving your head. This reveals the strength and flexibility of your eye muscles.

  8. Tonometry

    A tonometer blows a puff of air at your cornea to measure the pressure in your eye, called intraocular pressure (IOP). Your IOP levels can calculate if you are at risk of glaucoma or other eye conditions such an inflamed iris, retinal detachment and cataract.

  9. Slit Lamp Exam

    A microscope and a small beam of light are used to closely examine the areas at the front of your eye. The optometrist can see your cornea, eyelids iris, eyelids and lens in greater detail to check for any problems.

  10. iScan Report

    Everyone that attends a full eye test at Optical Express will be sent a personalised iScan report. The report is sent by email and includes the results of your sight text and eye health check.