How long does a sight test take?
How old do children have to be before they can have an eye examination?
Can I only get new glasses at the time of my sight test?
What is most suitable to clean my glasses with?
Do I need a separate test if I am Diabetic?
Can I have my eye test and diabetic retinopthy screening at the same time?
My mother has been diagnosed with Glaucoma, does that mean I am at a higher risk of developing it too?
Can I sleep in my contact lenses?
Can I use any kind of contact lens solution?
I have been diagnosed with Astigmatism, does this mean I can't wear contacts?
I'm worried that my contact lenses may slip around the back of my eye, can that happen?
Q: Why do I need an eye test every two years if I feel my eyes are fine?
A: Some eye conditions, such as Glaucoma, can offer no symptoms. A regular check can ensure that any necessary treatment is issued before it is too late. It is also sometimes the case that your vision can change over time, so it is worth having a regular check to update your prescription.
Q: How long does a sight test take?
A: On average a test is between 20 and 30 minutes, but it depends on who the patient is. A young, healthy person with no apparent problems can take about 20 minutes. Someone older, perhaps with high blood pressure, diabetes, Glaucoma or other ailments can take much longer. Our Optician looks to obtain a comprehensive and detailed background enabling us to best tailor the test to each patient and will determine what clinical tests are needed to provide the correct information for new glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, they may refer the patient for a medical opinion.
Q: How old do children have to be before they can have an eye examination?
A: Any age really. A child's eyes have finished developing by the time they are about eight years old. We recommend that a child should have their eyes tested before they start attending school.
Q: Can I only get new glasses at the time of my sight test?
A: No, you can pop in and get new glasses at any time. So long as your prescription is no more than 2 years old.
Q: What is most suitable to clean my glasses with?
A: We recommend using a microfibre cloth and lens cleaning spray, if neither of these are available then a soft cloth and soapy water will suffice.
Q: Do I need a separate test if I am Diabetic?
A: Yes. Diabetes can cause severe problems with your sight. It is very important that you come for a diabetic retinpothy screening every year, preferably with drops to dilate the pupil, so that the retina (back of the eye) can be examined thoroughly.
Q: Can I have my eye test and diabetic retinopthy screening at the same time?
A: Under normal circumstances we don't. However we occasionally run a sight test clinic at the same time as a screening clinic, so it can sometimes be arranged, but you would be unable to see the same optician for both.
Q: My mother has been diagnosed with Glaucoma, does that mean I am at a higher risk of developing it too?
A: Yes, anyone who is a direct relative of a Glaucoma sufferer is at risk. It is advised that you should have an annual sight test, which the NHS will pay for,
Q: Can I sleep in my contact lenses?
A: No, most contact lenses are unsuitable for overnight wear as they can cause infection. However, there are some lenses that are suitable for sleeping in. Please ask your contact lens fitter for more details.
Q: Can I use any kind of contact lens solution?
A: We offer a selection of different solutions, one of which our contact lens fitter will recommend to you depending on your eyes. It is best to stick to that selection, but if you are unhappy with it please discuss it with our specialist before changing.
Q: I have been diagnosed with Astigmatism, does this mean I can't wear contacts?
A: No, we have a number of contact lenses which will correct astigmatism, in both dailies and monthlies. Please ask our contact lens Optician for more details.
Q: I'm worried that my contact lenses may slip around the back of my eye, can that happen?
A: No, your eye has a thin membrane which forms a seal and prevents anything going behind your eye, including contact lenses. However, it is sometimes the case that contact lenses can slip behind your eyelids, but this can be dealt with easily.