Eye Tests

It’s very important to have regular eye tests, if you don’t you could lose your sight to an eye disease or health issue. An eye test identifies health problems and monitors if any eye issues are beginning to develop such as cataracts or glaucoma. At Optical Express our trained optometrists will put you at ease as they examine your eyes and explain everything including your prescription clearly. They will also advise how frequently you should have eye tests, it’s different for everyone but as a general rule once every two years is a good starting point. 

Why Choose Optical Express?

At Optical Express we continually invest in the latest technology and we are Ireland and the UK's largest eye care provider who have corneal specialists working alongside our optometrists. Optical Express patients receive the very best advice, care and treatment.

The following tests are carried out by our optometrist:

  • Detailed History and Lifestyle Evaluation: A discussion will take place to provide the optometrist with information concerning your health and lifestyle background. This will allow us to tailor our recommendations to suit your needs.

  • Focimetry: A measurement of your spectacle power is taken to determine your current prescription strength.

  • Autorefraction: The autorefractor reads how light passes through your eye in order to help determine your baseline prescription.

  • Tonometry: Used to measure your eye pressure. It is a key indicator in diagnosing the eye condition glaucoma.

  • Visual Acuity Testing: Measures the eye's ability to see details at near and far distances. The tests usually involve reading letters or looking at symbols of different sizes on an eye chart. Your uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) is what you see without glasses or contact lenses while your best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) is what you see with the optimum correction in place.

  • Refraction: Your specialist optometrist verifies your current prescription and compares this to the focimetry readings and previous prescription details to ensure stability.

  • Slit Lamp Exam: This test uses a microscope and a small beam of light to examine closely your corneas under high magnification, as well as your conjunctiva, lids, iris and lens.

  • Retinal Exam: Here the specialist optometrist is assessing the health of your internal eye and in particular the retina. As a consequence of the drops used for the cycloplegic refraction an excellent peripheral view is achieved.

  • Ocular Muscle Assessment: A detailed review will be performed to assess the strength and flexibility of your eye muscles.

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