activities, Knowing what your individual visual needs are will enable
the optometrist to give the best possible advice for your comforts
major check on eye health is with a handheld torch like instrument,
called an ophthalmoscope, which allows the health of the inside
of the eye to be assessed and any abnormality detects. Then using
a retinoscope (also like a tourch) at arm's length from your eyes,
the optometrist can determine if corrective lenses are needed to
give clear distance vision; the familiar letter charts and 'trial'
lenses are used to cross-check these findings. Furthers tests are
made to determine whether the two eyes are working together,if corrective
lenses are needed for reading and close work, and to assess the
field of vision.
the end if the examination, you will be handed a written prescription,
if spectacles or contact lenses are advised. Should any abnormality
have been found, such as cataract, you will be referred to your
doctor for treatment or further investigation, or if urgent, direct
to a hospital eye department.