What Does an Eye Test Show?

An eye test can be a very straightforward way to check if anything has changed with your vision abilities and your eye health. If you haven’t been for an eye test before, or you’re due to visit your optician soon, it can be helpful to understand what to expect. 

At Camden Opticians we have over 30 years of experience in the eye care industry, with our first practice opening in 1985. Our team has an unparalleled reputation for offering eye care solutions and professional advice, helping you to look after your vision and eye health.

If you’re hoping to better understand what an eye test shows, let us explain.

How long does an eye test take?

Eye tests generally take around 30 minutes and they are completely pain-free. Our opticians will talk you through every stage of the process, and explain exactly what we’re doing so that you can feel relaxed and comfortable during the eye test.

If you need any additional screening or treatment, we will be able to explain the next steps to you. Should you need corrective lenses, we will happily take the time to talk you through the different frames available to suit your lenses and style.

What we’re looking for in an eye test

Typically we are testing your vision to see how clearly you can see at different distances, as well as testing your visual field. This allows us to check if you see up close, at a distance and how clear your peripheral vision is.

We will also check your eyes for any potential health problems, such as cataracts or glaucoma. In some cases, we will be able to detect health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure by looking at your eyes too, which can make a huge difference in getting treatment early. 

What we use to carry out an eye test

We often use a number of different tests to confirm your visual abilities. Usually this involves an eye chart, where you will wear different strengths of lenses and read out letters on various lines. 

In most cases you will also need to look at an image through two lenses on a machine, and have a light shone into your eye as you look around. Neither of these tests are harmful and won’t affect your vision. We will explain each test to you so that you feel confident and comfortable, and can also help you to understand the results of your eye test afterwards.

Your prescription

Your prescription will indicate whether you are short-sighted, long-sighted or have astigmatism. Prescriptions are generally written in abbreviations with numbers, which can be a little confusing at first, but we can ensure that you leave our practice will a full understanding of your vision and eye health.

Request an appointment online today at one of our clinics to get the very best in eye care services in the area.