Your Eye Exam Explained

To guarantee the best results in the examination room it is important that you be well prepared. Ensure that:

  • You are well rested
  • Know a little about the medical history of your family as well as the names of any of the medications that you may be taking
  • Know your blood sugar level on the day of the examination if you are diabetic
  • Bring your previous spectacles with you

Before seeing the optometrist

On the day of your eye examination before seeing your Optometrist, a staff member will take you through a couple of pre-examination checks. One will provide the Optometrist with an estimate of your distance vision and the other will check the intra-ocular pressure or pressure in your eyes. Once these checks have been completed, you will be ready for your eye examination.

In the exam room

When in the exam room the Optometrist will conduct a series of tests to ascertain the current health of your eyes as well as your standard of vision. These steps usually include:

  • Recording the medical history and symptoms
  • Determining your standard of vision with and without your spectacles
  • Checking muscle balance of the eyes
  • Assessing the health of the eyes
  • Determining the final prescription
It is advised that you follow the Optometrists instructions and answer any questions asked honestly.

At the end of the assessment

At the end of the assessment the Optometrist will advise you:

  • Of any changes in your vision and health of your eyes since your last visit
  • If new spectacles are needed
  • When you should have your next eye examination


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