An eye examination with an optometrist is very straight forward. Your eye examination will probably last somewhere between 20 to 30 minutes.
During your eye examination you can expect the optometrist to ask a lot of questions about your general health, lifestyle, the quality of your vision and any glasses you wear. This is called 'taking a history'.
There are three main parts to an eye examination:
The eye examination will include some or all of the following, and your optometrist should explain the tests as they go along:
After your eye examination
At the end of the test, the optometrist should:
If you need new glasses, the optometrist will give you the prescription for the lens. This means you don't have to buy your glasses at the same optometrist where you had your eyes tested - you can shop around if you want to.
If your optometrist thinks you need to be seen at the hospital, they will arrange for your referral in the most appropriate way. This may be with a letter to your GP to arrange an appointment at the hospital, or with a letter for you to take to the local Accident and Emergency department if they think you need to be seen quickly. The arrangements for referring you may depend on where you live.
Find out more about referral to a hospital for diagnosis.
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