NHS Eye Tests
It is important to have regular eye tests to ensure eyes remain as healthy as possible. If any eye conditions develop these can be picked up earlier, leading to quick and efficient treatment.
In Scotland NHS eye tests are free for everyone, every 2 years. There are a few exceptions when examinations should be carried more regularly, including:
- Those under 16 and over 70
- Anyone between 60 and 70 with certain eye conditions (ie cataract/macular problems)
- Diabetic patients
- Over 40 years old who have a relative who has glaucoma
At G & C Leggate, we offer a comprehensive eye test, and will arrange referrals for medical care if necessary.
Your Eye Test
This will begin with a discussion about any concerns you have about your eyes or changes in vision. We will ask you questions about your lifestyle to allow us to tailor your eye test to you. We also discuss the history of any eye problems you or your family may have had.
Your eye test includes:
- Vision and prescription check
- Eye muscle functions
- Pupil reactions to light
- Assesment of health of eyes
- Eye pressure
- Visual field testing
You should bring to your eye test:
- Your current glasses
- A list of medication and current health conditions
- If any you have or have had any previous/future eye appointments at a hospital/diabetic screening a note of these dates and any treatment carried out and medication issued.
Understanding Your Prescription
- You will be able to see close-up clearly but distant objects will appear blurred
- A correct prescription allows the brain to see a clear image
- Glasses may be needed for constant or part time wear for concentrated distance tasks
Long sightedness (Hyperopia)
- Distant object appear clear, but close-up objects appear fuzzy
- Uncorrected hyperopia can lead to headaches, eyestrain and blurred close vision
- Glasses can correct this and sometimes may only be needed for close work
- Occurs when the window to the eye (cornea) or lens in the eye is more ‘rugby ball’ shaped rather than being round or ‘football’ shaped
- A prescription can be issued to compensate for this shape
- It can occur on its own or alongside long or short sightedness
- Astigmatism can affect vision at all distances and depending on the level of it, glasses may be needed full-time or for only occasional wear
- This occurs when the focusing power of the lens slows through age
- A prescription can bring back this focus, allowing a natural reading distance
Children's Eye Care
Children should be having their eyes routinely tested from the age of 2 or earlier if there are any suspected problems. We test young children by using different tests than we do for adults and tailor the test to each child’s abilities. Most babies begin life being longsighted which reduces over the first few years of life and stabilises around the age of 5 or 6.
By testing children in these early years we can detect any visual problems, or prescriptions that are higher than expected and correct this thus ensuring the eyes develop properly together. This ensures the eyes work well together and ultimately make sure vision and depth perception are as good as possible. Early testing can also rule out the presence of squints or eye muscle weakness and any other problems such as colour vision or eye health defects that if left undetected may impact on your child’s schooling and learning development.
Lanarkshire Eye Health Network Service
Our resident Optometrist is a member of the LENS scheme. This is a referral service in Lanarkshire between GPs, Optometrists and hospitals. Patients reporting an eye complaint to their GP should be seen by a LENS Optometrist urgently for treatment or hosptal referral.
(For more information on conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye, cataract & diabetes.)