Eye Examination

We provide both NHS & Private eye examinations. David Hantman, Sarah Nussbaum and Anthony Wiseman are optometrists under contract with NHS England to provide NHS eye examinations to those eligible. The practice is fully equipped with the latest digital retinal camera, computerised field testing equipment and digital eye pressure-measuring device.

What to expect during an Eye Examination

The optometrist carries out the eye examination. It usually takes around 30 minutes for adults, 15 minutes for children and 45 minutes for contact lens patients. The stages of the eye examination are as follows:

Discussing your needs: It is important that your optometrist knows why you are having your eyes examined. It may be your routine check-up or a specific reason. If you are having an eye examination because you are experiencing problems with your eyes or vision your optometrist will need to know what symptoms you have, how long you have had them and whether any changes have happened suddenly or slowly over a period of time.

Your medical history: Your optometrist will ask about your ocular history such as whether you currently wear spectacles, contact lenses and have any history of any eye disease. Also they need to know if any close relatives have a history of eye problems such as glaucoma. Questions on your general health will be asked. You will be asked if you are taking any medication. This may be important as some medication can affect parts of the eye.

Examining the eye: Your eyes will be examined both internally and externally. This will enable an assessment to be made of the general health of your eyes and possibly identify any other underlying medical problems. The interior of your eye will be examined using an ophthalmoscope, which shines a light through the pupil, allowing a detailed examination of the internal structures. Other tests frequently carried out are, for example, those for glaucoma or colour vision deficiencies. Some of these tests will be carried out with the lights out but at all times the door will be left ajar for your comfort and your security.

Assessing your vision: Measurements may be taken of your vision when you are not wearing spectacles or contact lenses to assess the extent of any visual error. The optometrist will ask you to look through a variety of trial lenses and to express an opinion on the effect that the lenses have on the quality and clarity of your vision.

Eye movement & Co-ordination: It is essential that eyes are checked to make sure that both eyes are working together effectively and that undue stress is not being placed upon them. This is particularly important for those who use VDUs (visual display units).

Lifestyle: Additional information, which will help your optometrist to make an accurate assessment of your requirements, is, for example, your occupation and hobbies. Your optometrist will now have a detailed knowledge of the health of your eyes, how good your vision is, and any special requirements you may need. This information will be explained to you, but if you don’t understand anything or if you require more information please ask.

The Results: At the end of the eye examination you will be advised of the appropriate date for your next appointment and be handed your spectacle prescription, or a statement, which confirms that nothing is needed. If you receive a prescription you may wish to select spectacles or be fitted with contact lenses.