After your eye examination

Your optometrist will always discuss the results of your eye examination with you.

You may find it helpful to make notes or to ask the optometrist to write down key points, so that you may refer to them later.


Results from your eye examination

If you do not need glasses or contact lenses and your eyes are healthy, your optometrist will give you a note that explains this. You should then be encouraged to have another eye test and your optometrist will recommend when this should be.

If you need glasses or contact lenses, the optometrist should provide you with:

  • a paper copy of your prescription
  • an explanation of the kind of glasses or lenses you need
  • an explanation why you need them.

The prescription will enable the optometrist to arrange for a pair of glasses to be made for you. However, you are under no obligation to have the glasses made by the optometrist who tested your eyes. You could take the prescription to another optometrist and they should be able to make the glasses for you.

If signs of an eye condition have been detected, the optometrist should refer you for more tests, usually to an ophthalmologist (eye consultant) at a hospital.

Further information and support

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