Eye Examination Guide

Our eyes experience strain throughout our modern day lives; computer and technology glare, UV light, air pollution. Safeguard your vision for today and the future with regular eye testing, measuring the quality of your vision and providing an important indicator of your overall health.
1. Arriving at the Optician shop for an Eye test
On arrival at the Optician's shop the client is welcomed by the optical assistant. He / She ensures that the customer's records are accurate and updated. It is highly recommended to remove contact lenses in ample time prior to the examination in order to obtain accurate results.
2. Patient Data & Focimetry
During Eye examination, the first think that the optometrist will do is to ask a few questions which regard the client's health in general, family's health, lifestyle and work. It is very important for the Optometrist to have a clear idea of your vision needs, especially if a specific problem is the reason for your visit. The patient is asked also for his current prescription. If this is not available the Optometrist will measure the spectacles provided using a special instrument called a Focimetre. This is very helpful, so further deterioration of the vision can be detected.
3. Computerised Refraction & Tonometry
After taking the history of the patient, the Optometrist will ask you to sit infront of an instrument. Normally you will see an air balloon (sometimes it will be clear and sometimes it will be blurred). Here the patient is not required to say whether it is blurred or not, the instrument will do everything itself. Afterwards the instrument is changed in the Tonometre version. Tonometre is an instrument that measures the Intra ocular pressure of the eye. With this instrument we can detect any sign of glaucoma. It blows a few puffs of air into each eye in turns. This test is very important because if undetected glaucoma can be a sight threatening disorder.
4. Retinoscopy
This is a technique where it does not require any patient input and is used for all patients especially infants and those who are unable to communicate. This instrument also provides information about the clarity and regularity of the ocular media and hence the anticipated level of vision.
5. Testing for Distance and near vision
From both results of retinoscopy and auto refraction, the Optometrist can select the appropriate lenses for you. These will be put in a special frame. The patient is asked to read the letters on the distance vision chart and by making changes in the power of the lenses the optometrist will gradually achieve your best vision. When checking the distance vision, this is followed by the near vision. After the age of 40 there is greater chance that near vision spectacles are required because he/she may begin to experience difficulty in reading. If this is the case then near Addition must be determined.
6. Ophthalmoscopy
The optometrist uses an ophthalmoscope to examine the retina at the back of the eye, including the blood vessels and the front of the optic nerve. This important test can detect changes which can indicate diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
7. Slit lamp examination
The slit lamp is a powerful, illuminated microscope that is used to examine the anterior surface of your eyes, the cornea, the iris and the lens.
8. Photography of the eye
Your optometrist or ophthalmologist may want to record the appearance of your eyes so that comparisons can be made at future visits to see if there have been any changes in your condition. Photographs of the outer eye will be taken with an ordinary camera mounted on the slit lamp. When it is necessary to photograph the inside of your eye, a digital retinal photography is used. This particular type of photography is needed for certain conditions that affect the retina, such as diabetes.
9. Discussing your needs
At the end of the Eye examination, the optometrist will explain the findings and if there were any changes both from the health point of view of the eye and also in the prescription. The patient is encouraged to put forward any queries which he/she may have or which are unclear to them. If the optometrist considers that you would have better vision with a change of prescription, he will recommend to change the lenses accordingly.
10. Choosing your glasses
When the Eye examination is concluded, the Optometrist will handle the patient with his new prescription to the Dispensing Optician. Then the Dispensing Optician will advise the patient what frame is recommended and he will do the necessary setting and frame adjustments.
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Home Visits & Corporate Eye Testing

Optometrist Joseph Grech provides most of the home visits and corporate eye testing.
What are the benefits of being tested at home?
  • The patient is kept in a comfortable environment that he is used to.
  • No need to worry, how you are going to go to your local optician.
  • We use the latest computer technology, to ensure more accurate prescriptions.
  • A large range of frames at home where the patient can choose from.
What happens during a Home Visit Eye test?
  • When the Optometrist arrives, he will spend some time talking to the patient, to identify any eyesight problems and other general health issues that could affect the sight of the patient.
  • A thorough eye test takes place. This includes also a tonometry and digital retinal photo. When the prescription is issued, it is explained to the patient.
  • The optometrist will bring with him a large selection of frames from where the patient can choose at his comfortability of the home.
Why choose Joseph Opticians corporate eye care?
  • Increasingly, employers are realising that looking after their employees' health brings huge benefits to their business. Our eye care programme will help your team members to maintain good eye health and offer them the peace of mind that long term eye care brings.
  • We understand that every organisation has different employee eye care requirements – that's why we give our corporate clients the freedom to select the specific parts of our service that they need.
Eye care features and benefits
  • Our optometrist will carry out a thorough assessment for each patient, monitoring your team members' visual health and being able to detect a number of general health conditions too.
  • Your staff members can receive a wide range of discounts on designer glasses.
  • Your employees would normally pay for a private eye test; with our service, you can offer them a valuable benefit that they'll truly appreciate.
  • We can visit your offices to conduct 20 minute eye assessments during the working day, so that your employees needn't take time off for external tests.

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