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FAQs

What is an eye examination?

An Eye Examination at Eyesey Eyecare includes:

  • Discussion of the reasons for your visit, and any problems with your eyes and vision
  • Recording of medical, ocular and family history
  • External and internal examination of the eyes with specialist equipment
  • Refraction: Process of determining if the eyes are long-sighted, short-sighted, astigmatic or presbyopic and of determining the need for corrective lenses (i.e. prescription) to give optimum vision

Other examinations which may be necessary include:

  • Colour vision
  • Visual fields
  • Intraocular pressure
  • Muscle balance

Full Eye Examinations (private or NHS) are carried out with skill and thoroughness. Eyesey Eyecare is fully equipped with state of the art equipment to assist with a professional and thorough examination.  Call 020 429 0101 to book your comprehensive eye examination with us today.

Why can’t I see far away?

The most common cause of blurry vision in the distance is being short-sighted. Regular eye examinations will ensure that you have the right glasses or contact lenses to correct this and will monitor any changes over time.  Call 020 429 0101 to book your comprehensive eye examination with us today.

There may be other underlying causes of not being able to see far away, so regular eye examinations are important.

Why can’t I see up close?

The most common cause of blurry vision up close is being long-sighted. Regular eye examinations will ensure that you have the right glasses or contact lenses to correct this and will monitor any changes over time.  Call 020 429 0101 to book your comprehensive eye examination with us today.

Why have I started to need reading glasses?

Over the age of about 40, the muscles in our eyes start to get a little weaker, so reading glasses give that extra bit of help to allow clear vision up close. The condition is known as presbyopia; it happens to everyone in some form and is something that will progressively change as the years go by.

Presbyopia can be managed very effectively with glasses or contact lenses. It is even possible now to have surgical intervention to improve this.  Call 020 429 0101 to book your comprehensive eye examination with us today.

Are my headaches caused by eye problems?

Despite what most people think, very few headaches are actually caused by eye problems; however, having your eyes tested is a good starting point to rule out possible causes. If you do need glasses or your eyes are straining to see, this may be causing headaches and visual fatigue.  Call 020 429 0101 to book your comprehensive eye examination with us today.

What kind of eye diseases can affect my vision?

Please go to Common Eye Conditions for more information on this.

What is the white thing on the front of my eye?

It is known as a pinguecula or pterygium.

A pinguecula is fatty deposit on the white of the eye that is harmless. A pterygium is a slow growth of what looks like skin on the white of the eye caused by UV light.

Why do I have black spots in my eyes?

These small floating black spots are called floaters. Seen occasionally against for example a white wall or bright blue sky, they are harmless and quite normal. However If you suddenly see lots of them, have your eyes looked at immediately.

Watch a recent TED Talk for more information:

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-are-those-floaty-things-in-your-eye-michael-mauser#review

Call 020 429 0101 to book your comprehensive eye examination with us today.

Should I wear sunglasses?

The simple answer to this is yes. Whether it is sunny or overcast, there is always damaging UV light in the atmosphere that affects our eyes. UV light can cause things like cataract, age-related macular degeneration and pterygium, all of which can affect your vision so it is worth protecting your eyes as often as you can from as young an age as you can.

Please note it is very important to use sunglasses that have adequate UV protection and not just dark glasses. If there is no UV protection on the tinted lenses, you can actually cause more damage to y our eyes.

How do I know when I should come for an eye test?

Routine eye examinations are usually every 1 or 2 years depending on things such as your age, your eye history, your family history and your general health. When you have an eye test, you will be advised when you need to go back for a further check up, and a reminder letter will be sent to you.

If you are worried about your vision or are having problems, then have an eye examination as soon as you are able to, so the problem can be rectified.  Call 020 429 0101 to book your comprehensive eye examination with us today.

Will I always need glasses every time I come to the Opticians?

One of the purposes of having an eye examination is to ensure that your vision is the best that it can be. If your eyes change every year then upgrading the lenses in your glasses will improve your vision.

If your eyes remain stable, then upgrading your glasses is not necessary.

Do be aware that everyone’s eyes change over the course of their lives, usually as part of the normal aging process and regular eye examinations can provide early signs of certain health abnormalities.

What happens if I break my glasses?

It is always useful to have 2 pairs of glasses in case 1 breaks. If you do not have a spare pair, or if your glasses break, please contact us and we can order a second pair for you.

Given the extensive range of leisure activities available to us, most people tend to have more than 1 pair of glasses to cater for their specific hobby.

Can I wear contact lenses?

Contact lenses are a very convenient means of correcting your vision, and with advances in technology and design, can be worn by almost anyone.

They can be worn on a daily basis or just for particular hobbies that you may have.

A contact lens assessment, teach and trial will confirm which lenses would be suited to your needs.

Do I have to pay for my eye test?

If you are an NHS patient, your eye examination will be paid for by the NHS and you may be entitled to help towards the cost of glasses.

Click here for a list of eligibility criteria.

As a private patient, you will need to pay for your eye examination.