Eye Examinations

Higham Eye Care will carry out a thorough eye examination either privately or funded by the NHS. You may qualify for an NHS eye examination if you are:

  • under 16 or a teenager in full time education
  • on a low income
  • have glaucoma or diabetes
  • have a family history of glaucoma
  • are registered blind or partially sighted
  • have a complex lens prescription

Regular eye examinations are advised not only to ensure that you have the best vision possible but to check both eye and general health. The blood vessels on the retina inside the eye are the only ones in the whole body that can be observed working in situ and so can provide important information about your general health. Optometrists can help in the early detection of blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and thyroid problems.

At Higham Eye Care a routine eye examination is recommended at least every 2 years or more regularly if deemed clinically necessary.

  • Children will often have an eye examination every 6 to 12 months as their eyes change more frequently as they develop and grow. Children are never too young to have their first eye examination.
  • Adults with a close family member with glaucoma (an eye condition related to eye pressure and peripheral field defects) are advised to have an annual eye examination to aide in early detection of the condition.
  • Often as we get older and natural changes to the eye affect us, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, we once again recommend more regular visits.
  • It is important that people with diabetes have their retina checked at least once a year. In this area we are lucky enough to have a very efficient Diabetic Retinal Screening service. This is where your GP organises for you to attend a hospital for eye drops to be instilled to dilate your pupil and your retina is checked (often photographed). As this is done annually your optometrist may decide that you only need an eye examination at Higham Eye Care every 2 years, but each patient and case is assessed individually to meet your ocular health needs.

During your eye examination at Higham Eye Care we will discuss with you any concerns you may have about your eyes or vision and how you are getting on with your current glasses. We will ask about your general health and medication, if you have had any previous eye problems and if you know of any family history relating to their eyes or health.

Although this may seem a lot of initial questioning it is a truly vital part of your eye examination. Numerous tests will be carried out to check your vision, spectacle prescription, contact lens requirements and eye health.

We will discuss your results with you and then guide you in deciding what is required to give you the best vision possible and how to look after your eyes.

Occasionally we may need to refer you, often via your GP, to ask for an ophthalmologist’s opinion (eye specialist). If this needs to be done, at Higham Eye Care we will explain your referral fully and the procedure.