What happens in an Eye Test?

The Sight Examination

First of all, we discuss any problems you might have with your eyesight and general health. Many eye conditions are health related. To assess your visual needs, we also discuss your work and leisure activities.

If you already wear spectacles or contact lenses, we check them to see if they are still suitable for your vision.


This part of your examination finds out whether you need optical lenses to correct your eyesight. We test your near vision (for reading), your distance vision (for driving or TV) and your intermediate vision (for hobbies or computer work).

Oculomotor Balance

We check that your eye muscles are co-ordinated and you have comfortable vision at all distances.

Intraocular Pressure

Too much pressure inside your eyes can indicate glaucoma, a disease which eventually leads to blindness if left untreated. This test is usually only carried out on people over 40 or those with glaucoma in the family.


Evaluates the health of your eyes. Conditions such as diabetes, cataracts, hypertension and macula degeneration can be detected and monitored by an eye examination.

Retinal Photography / Scanning

A photograph of the back of your eye is taken using a Digital Retinal Camera, allowing us to carry out a more detailed check for glaucoma, diabetes, age related macular degeneration and other conditions (additional service option). Read more here about Retinal Photography and Retinal Scanning using our new Daytona Optomap Scanner (currently only available at our Eastbourne store).

Visual Fields Screening

Where appropriate we check your all-round vision and your peripheral eyesight.

Colour Vision / Depth Perception

These tests are carried out where appropriate for career or vocational requirements.

Children's sight exams can be carried out slightly differently to achieve accurate results
Children's sight exams can be carried out slightly differently to achieve accurate results

Prescriptions from Elsewhere

Although we love examining eyes (and we like to think we're pretty good at it) we do understand that many people do shop around for spectacles and as such we are more than happy to accept, quote and make new spectacles to other Opticians prescriptions.

It is worth noting however that advice from the professional optical bodies still recommends that the function of eye examination and spectacle dispensing are closely linked and that it is in the customer's best interest to have both carried out by the same Opticians.

We can make spectacles to any age prescription but it is always worth considering having another eye-examination to verify the prescription if it is over a year old or you are planning on investing a reasonable amount of money on your new spectacles.

Please phone or call in at any of our practices if you require any further advice or help.

Retinal Scanning

A groundbreaking addition to the eye examination that can help in ensuring your overall wellbeing as well as protecting your eye health is now available at our Eastbourne branch. The optomap® Daytona Retinal Exam can image approximately 82% of the back of the eye in one capture compared to less than 5% that can be seen by conventional eye examination techniques.

This exam has assisted in the diagnosis of serious eye conditions (eg diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears/detachments and macular degeneration) that often first exhibit in the periphery of the retina and progress without symptoms. Signs of other medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers can also be detected in the retina.

The optomap® Daytona Retinal Exam takes a digital image of the retina, which can be immediately evaluated by the optometrists at our Eastbourne branch and if necessary, emailed any where in the world for a specialist opinion. There is no pupil dilation, no eye drops or blurred vision. This Retinal Exam is a simple, quick and important way to maintain good eye health.

The optomap® Daytona Retinal Exam certainly improves our clinical abilities to detect disease at an earlier stage. This is critical in terms of treatment and monitoring. We recommend that all of our patients have this important new exam as part of their regular eye health check.Nigel Barraclough

Taking only seconds to capture the image, a permanent record is provided for future comparison thus making early detection and treatment more likely. Available and recommended for all ages, including children, it is a comfortable, quick and simple procedure which allows patients to resume normal activity immediately.

Nigel Barraclough believes that people should now add the optomap® Retinal Exam to their ongoing regular visual health care checks. Book your Retinal Scan today.

Retinal Photography

The traditional method of examining the back of the eye involves shining a light into your eye using a hand held instrument which enables us to see only a very small area of the back of the eye at any one time. Asking you to move your eyes in different directions allows us to build a mental image of the whole retina. Notes and small diagrams are then used to record this information.

At the next examination this is repeated and the two descriptions compared. This method has been surprisingly good and has stood us in good stead for many years. So why change? Simply because a photograph gives a better record than a written description. Increased magnification enables features to be viewed on the back of the eye that may not be seen under normal viewing conditions.

At the next examination another photograph can be taken and compared side by side so that much smaller changes can be recognised, which could prove to be invaluable in monitoring the health and condition of your eyes.

  • A permanent and accurate record can be kept of the condition of your eyes
  • Improved detection of early changes by comparing year on year
  • Allows a more refined and accurate referral to a specialist if required
  • Allows you to see what we see, to understand any changes taking place
  • Greatly increased magnification means that changes too small to be seen using traditional methods can be detected
  • Retinal photography can allow a more detailed check for glaucoma, diabetes, age related macular degeneration and other conditions

As the benefits are considerable it is recommended and available to everyone. This worthwhile service lies outside the NHS so an additional fee will be payable for non-Private sight exams.

Click here to book your Retinal Photography appointment today. Remember we also offer Optomap retinal scanning at our Eastbourne store.

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