What to expect when you go for an eye test

It’s essential to book an eye test at least every two years to make sure your eyes stay healthy. An optometrist will be able to tell if you need glasses and will help correct any problems with your vision.

While the thought of getting your eyes examined might seem daunting, the whole process is quick and simple, so here’s what you can expect. It’s important to remember that all eye tests are tailored to your specific needs so you might not experience all of the steps below.


1.  A confidential customer record

If you have never been to the opticians before, an optical assistant will set up a confidential customer record for you. They’ll ask you a few questions and update their computer systems accordingly. With all your personal information in one place, you won’t have to repeat yourself every time you arrange an eye appointment.

2. Non-contact tonometer

When you visit the optician, you might be tested for glaucoma using a non-contact tonometer that could help save your vision. A few puffs of air are pumped into each eye to help detect high pressure which could indicate the onset of this nasty condition. While the instrument itself sounds rather scary, the test itself is very simple – so do not fear.

3. The autorefractor

Your eyes might also be tested using an autorefractor, a piece of equipment which helps to measure how well your eyes focus. Technology is incredibly these days and a comprehensive readout of your approximate prescription will be available to view in no time.

4. Question about your health

An optometrist will ask you numerous questions about your health and your family’s health to make sure all your needs are addressed. Don’t be put off by all the questions as they are simply designed to help understand any problems you may be experiencing.

5. Examination

During your eye test, the optometrist will usually examine the retina at the back of the eye using an ophthalmoscope. The optometrist might also test your vision through a number of different lenses. He’ll shine a bright light in your eye from an instrument called a retinoscope and look to see which lens steadies the light beam – this will help determine your prescription.

There’s also a number of other tests optometrist use  while you look at a screen which determines if your eyes are working together. You’ll be asked to state whether illuminated lines are lining up vertically or horizontally and it’s crucial to answer honestly. You might be asked to read letters that are far away or read a paragraph close up, just to check if you need glasses for both distance and reading.

6. Discussion

After all the tests have been carried out, you’ll be given a brief explanation of the findings. You’ll find out if you need to purchase prescription glasses and be able to ask any questions you might have. Don’t be afraid to ask the optometrist to explain any complicated jargon and make sure that you understand everything you are told.

7. Choose your glasses

If you need help with your vision you’ll be required to choose contact lenses or glasses. An optical assistant will help you find the best pair and it’s essential to find something you are happy with. There are so many frames available these days that you should be able to find something that flatters your face and enhances your look.

So now you know what to expect – book an eye test today and make sure you can see the world clearly.