Each eye test takes between 20-25 minutes and includes symptoms and history, Ophthalmoscopy, glasses prescription and recommendations, and tonometry, fields and other subsidiary tests where necessary.
Symptoms and History
A short discussion about current visual status and specific requirements. Symptoms of eye problems such as headaches or eye strain, general health and any medication which may effect the eyes. Previous eye problems i.e. ocular injuries, hospital visits, patching or squint treatment as a child. Family history of eye problems or other systemic diseases.
Internal Eye Examination (Ophthalmoscopy)
A thorough check of the inside of the eye including state and condition of blood vessels, health of OPTIC DISC (nerve supply from brain to retina), condition of MACULA (sensitive part of the eye) and the rest of the FUNDUS. Also MEDIA of the eye, CORNEA, LENS, VITREOUS, especially to make sure that no CATARACT is present in the lens.
Glasses, prescription and recommendations including:
This allows us to obtain a prescription for glasses for each particular patient and then to decide whether the prescription is in fact necessary, for what purpose and any other helpful information i.e. how a computer workstation should ideally be set up.
This is done routinely on every patient over 40 years of age , and anyone younger if it thought necessary. It measures the pressure in the ANTERIOR CHAMBER of the eye and is linked to whether GLAUCOMA may be present.
Used in conjunction with OPHTHALMOSCOPY and TONOMETRY to help detect GLAUCOMA, but also can help pick up some brain tumours and signs of stroke.