Eye Test Explained

Eye Test Explained

An eye test can be incredibly important in noticing any changes in your vision or identifying any problems with your eye health. Attending regular eye examinations gives us the chance to check everything is as it should be. For some, visiting an optician may be a nerve-wracking prospect, especially if you haven’t had an eye examination in a while. At Camden Opticians, we’re here to put your mind at rest and let you know what to expect before you visit us.

How to make an appointment

If you notice something different in your vision, or you can’t remember the last time you had an eye test, it’s worth making an appointment just to make sure everything is fine with your eyes.

You can make an appointment by calling either our Camden or Hampstead practice. Similarly, you can request an appointment online by filling out our form. A member of our team will then get back to you to confirm your appointment with us.

What to expect when you visit us

Eye tests usually last around 30 minutes, during which time we’ll check your vision to see if any correction is needed through wearing glasses or contact lenses. We can also check your eyes for signs of any eye conditions, such as cataracts or glaucoma.

We usually test your vision using an eye chart, where you will wear different strengths of lenses and be required to read out letters. You may also be asked to look into a machine through two lenses and focus on an image. This can help to determine how well your eyes can focus.

Some tests require shining a light into your eyes, which is often needed to examine your retina and look at the back of your eye. It might be a little blinding at first, but it passes quickly and doesn’t affect your vision afterwards.

Checking your health

An eye examination lets us determine how healthy your eyes are, but your eyes can also give away early signs of other health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or vascular disease. This can be so important as it means you can access treatment early, if something does come up during your eye test.

We can offer free NHS sight tests to children under 16, or those under 18 and in full time education, as well as anyone over the age of 60.