Eye Exams

We want you to feel at ease during your sight test, and our Optometrists will always do their best to guide you through every step. Your eye test will take around 30 minutes. You will be asked questions about your general health, lifestyle, hobbies and work. We will also want to know if you have any family history of eye health problems. If you are over 40 you will be tested for glaucoma. The test is painless and straightforward.

We may take a photo of your retina, these photos enable us to take a more detailed look at the health of your eye, and these photos will be kept with your records. All aspects of the test ensure your Optometrist has an accurate record of your eye health. When the test is complete your Optometrist will explain their findings and advise of you as to whether your prescription has changed, or whether you require a referral for further investigation.

NHS Tests

At Robinson Opticians we provide free NHS sight tests.  you will qualify for a free test if you meet the following criteria.
  • You are under 16 or under 19 and still in full time education
  • You are 60 or over ( You are only entitled to a free test every 2 years.  Once you are 70 you are entitled to a free test every 1 year)
  • You are registered blind or partially sighted
  • You are a diagnosed diabetic or glaucoma sufferer
  • You are 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
  • You are prescribed complex lenses
  • You or your partner receives income support
  • You or your partner receives Job seekers allowance, universal credit, or pension credit guarantee
  • You are named on a valid NHS certificate for help with health care costs (A HC2)

If you are unsure as to whether you qualify please call us.  It is helpful, if on the day of your test you could bring proof of your entitlement.

What is retinal photography?

The Optician uses a special state of the art camera to take a picture of the retina.  This photograph can alert the Optometrist to a number of potentially harmful eye conditions, and can help play a vital part in early diagnosis.

FAQs

How often should I have my eyes tested?

At least every 2 years, or your Optometrist will advise more frequently if you are a child, or your vision is likely to alter.

Do you test for Glaucoma?

Yes, this is a pressure test which is totally painless, and often we will check your field of vision too.

What are cataracts?

When the lens inside the eye becomes opaque.  You feel as though you are looking through a mist, and your vision will be reduced.  Fortunately the majority of operations for cataracts are now quite straightforward and often successful.

What is Macular Degeneration?

This is the most common reason for the loss of central vision as we age.  The central retina (macular) degenerates, and there are different forms. some are treatable, others not.

How does diabetes effect my eyes?

In some cases it can cause bleeding on the retina, cataracts and frequent changes to your prescription.  Fortunately now, there are many treatments and interventions in place to try and prevent significant sight loss, such as eye laser treatment and various control methods.