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Rejuvenate Your Vision with a Refreshing Eye Exam at Gormley Opticians 

Mar 8, 2024 | Eye Health

According to the NHS, you should be visiting your optometrist every two years for an eye test. However, according to a survey, one in four respondents have not undergone an eye test in over three years. 

We’re here to discuss the importance of regular eye tests, especially if you’re a glasses wearer and what an eye test involves. 

Read on to find out more about vision assessments, eye health assessments and the quality of care we provide! 

Vision assessment 

During an eye test, vision assessment is one of the most important parts of the procedure. But what do optometrists do to assess vision health? 

Starting with the visual acuity test, this test involves reading letters or symbols on a chart placed at a specific distance, usually 6 metres away. The results are recorded depending on how well you can see each letter.  

Another important aspect of vision assessment is evaluating your peripheral vision, also known as side vision. This is typically assessed using a visual field test, which measures the full horizontal and vertical range of vision, including the ability to see objects outside your direct line of sight.  

Also, vision assessment may also include evaluation of colour vision, depth perception, and eye coordination. Colour vision tests help identify colour blindness or deficiencies in colour perception, while depth perception tests assess the ability to perceive depth and distance accurately.  

Eye coordination tests, such as the cover test, evaluate how well the eyes work together and can detect conditions such as strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye). 

Eye health check 

One of the most vital parts of an eye exam, checking the health of your eye, means to examine both external and internal eye structures for signs of disease.  

This includes assessing the eyelids, cornea, lens, retina, and optic nerve to make sure they are healthy. Specialised instruments like a slit lamp biomicroscopy and dilated fundus examination are used.  

This check helps detect conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, allowing for early intervention to preserve vision and eye health.  

But it’s not just the health of your eyes that optometrists can examine. Some overall health complications can be detected through an eye test, such as:  

  • Diabetes 
  • High blood pressure 
  • High cholesterol 
  • Thyroid problems 
  • Autoimmune diseases 
  • Tumours or cancerous growths 
  • Neurological conditions 

Of course, if any of these are detected, we will immediately refer you to a specialist! 

Children’s eye tests 

Childrens eyes should be tested every six months to a year, this is dependent on the optometrists advice. Here at Gormley opticians, we offer free eye tests for children on NHS and have a range of a fun and durable glasses styles to choose from. 

When examining the eyes of children, it is important we take extra care and consideration to make them feel comfortable, as being around many high-tech machines can be unsettling.  

Optometrists use child-friendly techniques and equipment and are gentle and engaging, ensuring children feel relaxed and confident during the examination.  

Also, a wide selection of stylish and durable children’s eyewear is available to meet both the visual, aesthetic and practical needs of the child!  

Even if your child might not have vision issues, regular eye tests are important for:  

  • Monitoring changes in vision 
  • Detecting underlying eye conditions early 
  • Ensuring optimal eye health and development 
  • Identifying any need for corrective lenses 
  • Supporting overall academic performance and learning 
  • Promoting lifelong eye health and well-being. 

Importance of regular eye tests 

Regular eye tests are important for maintaining good vision and overall eye health. Here are some benefits: 

  • Early detection of eye conditions 
  • Monitoring changes in vision over time 
  • Identification of underlying health issues 
  • Prescribing appropriate corrective lenses 
  • Preventing potential vision loss 
  • Maintaining quality of life through clear vision 
  • Ensuring optimal eye function for daily activities such as driving 
  • Providing peace of mind regarding eye health 

Bespoke eye care 

At Gormley Opticians, we pride ourselves on offering bespoke vision care that is tailored to each individual’s unique needs. Our comprehensive eye examinations ensure that we understand your vision requirements and any underlying eye health concerns.  

Book an eye test for improved vision and eye health at our opticians in Strabane or our opticians in Ballybofey and receive optimal eye care. 


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