At Paul Harries Opticians we offer a comprehensive range of eye examinations from basic NHS sight tests through to comprehensive enhanced Eye Examinations including digital photography and the latest OCT retinal scans in our air conditioned consulting room. We also offer screening with coloured overlays for visual stress, also known as “Mears-Irlen” Syndrome, and have a Cerium Colorimeter for prescribing Precision Tinted lenses for the relief of perceptual distortions experienced in Visual Stress.
We are an accredited practice for both the Welsh Eye Health Examination and PEARS scheme and also offer appointments for the Welsh Low Vision Service. We offer a comprehensive contact lens fitting service from daily disposable soft contact lenses through to overnight vision correction. Our examinations will include a full assessment of your ocular health, including a check for glaucoma and will tailor make a prescription for you to maximise your vision at all viewing distances.
What happens in an eye test?
When you come for your eye test please bring with you any glasses that you wear, the names of any tablets or medicines you are taking and the name of your General Practitioner.
Our Eye Examination will usually include the following:
Discussion Regarding The Reason For Your Visit
During your appointment we will discuss whether you have specific problems with your eyes or vision. Special demands on your eyes created by work and hobbies may also need to be addressed and we will also want to know about your general health and the health of your family, including if someone in your family has suffered eye conditions, such as glaucoma, cataracts or macula degeneration.
Checking Your Vision
We will ask you to read letters on a electronic test chart so that we can check what you can (or can’t) see with or without your existing spectacles or contact lenses. For those who are unable to read yet, we can use other tests such as identifying pictures or matching letters and pictures and for our youngest patients we have the Cardiff Acuity Preferential Looking Test
Checking Your Outer Eye
We will check the front surface of the eye and the eye lids using a special instrument called a slitlamp biomicroscope. We will also check how well your pupils react to light.
Checking Your Inner Eye
We use a special instrument called an ophthalmoscope to look into the eye through the pupil. We shine the light of the ophthalmoscope into your eyes and you will be asked to look in different directions. This enables us to detect signs of eye health problems caused by cataract, glaucoma, macula degeneration and diabetes.
During the examination we may also check the pressure inside the eye using an instrument called a tonometer and measure the width of your field of vision using our visual field analyser.
Checking Your Eye Muscles
We will also check that the muscles which control your eye movement are working well and that the eyes work well together. If they are not working correctly you may get headaches, eyestrain and possibly even double vision.
Checking To See If You Need Vision Correction
If you need help to improve your vision, we will work out exactly what prescription you need and will advise you on the different options suitable for your vision correction. We will give you individual advice on the best optical solution for your vision correction whether it be contact lenses or spectacles. Your individual prescription will influence the best choice of contact lens or frames and lenses.
At the end of the eye examination if you need spectacles the Optometrist will introduce you to our Dispensing Optician who will help you with frame selection and advise you on suitable lens options and answer any queries that you may have.