The eye examination
A traditional standard sight test checks your vision and provides a prescription as well as detecting any immediate sign of common eye disease, such as glaucoma or age related macular degeneration. What it can’t do is reveal the earliest signs of these conditions which, when treated at the outset, can be slowed or halted, giving you better eyesight for longer.
Field of vision test
We start with a field of vision test. This can detect dysfunction in central and peripheral vision which may be caused by conditions such as glaucoma, stroke, pituitary disease or brain tumours.
We use dedicated computer technology to give the highest accuracy of results. Patients are asked to record the flash of a small light at different points of their vision. A print out of the results gives us a detailed picture of a patient’s visual field.
OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)
This is a highly specialised piece of equipment which reveals more than we’ve ever previously been able to see about your retina and optic nerve. The 3D scan shows the eye in cross-section, allowing our optometrist to view the layers of the retina. This is particularly useful for the diagnosis of glaucoma or macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the UK.
The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick. The software can detect even the most subtle changes to the retina between eye tests. This gives an invaluable ongoing record of the health and condition of your eyes.
We’ll discuss with you what the scans mean and your results, ensuring that you are fully informed at all stages of your appointment.