Eye Examinations

 

What you can expect in your eye examination at Julian May Opticians.

At Julian May Opticians, we believe in providing a first rate eye examination. Expect your eye examination to last about an hour. We begin outside the consulting room by asking a few relevant questions regarding what you do with your eyes, whether you are having any difficulties either from an eye health point of view or with your spectacles. Your optometrist will add this information to your records and then ask you additional questions about your general health, any past and current eye problems and any relevant family eye troubles.

Next, your optometrist will carefully check your vision and spectacle prescription followed by a thorough check of your eye health. Finally you'll get a full explanation of our findings and how they relate to those initial questions we asked and any visual problems you may have been having.

Your eye examination can also be enhanced with high resolution Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). We will take both a digital photograph and a three dimensional cross sectional scan of the back of your eye in one sitting. This allows us to instantly diagnose a number of common conditions and tiny changes can be discovered and monitored. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick.

Our Professional Fees:  

Private eye examination (standard). £35.00

When conducting an eye examination, we will perform an internal and external examination and carry out such additional examinations as appear to be necessary to detect signs of injury, disease or abnormality in the eye. We will also assess your binocular vision and any spectacle prescription. We conduct this following The College of Optometrist’s guidance.

NHS eye examination(standard).

As above but the fee is covered the NHS (National Health Service) due to either certain eye health conditions or whether you are in receipt of certain benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) £20.00

This is a high-definition scan of the eye. It will include digital photography and a three-dimensional cross-sectional scan of the back of the eye in one sitting. This can instantly diagnose a number of common conditions and tiny changes can be discovered and monitored. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple, and quick. You can decide on the day of your eye examination should you wish to have this scan. This scan can only be accompanied by an eye examination.

Enhanced Eye Examination add on.£35.00

You may wish to supplement the standard eye examination with a more in-depth check. This will include:

Pupil dilation with drops to get an even better view inside the eyes.

We will perform an internal and external eye examination using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scans to show more about your eye health.

Contact Tonometry (as used in eye hospitals) for more accurate intraocular pressure measurements.

Enhanced visual Field test a good indicator of eye and general health.

 

Enhanced Diabetic Eye Examination £35.00 added on to the NHS fee

Diabetics may wish to supplement the standard eye examination with a more in-depth check. This will include:

Pupil dilation with drops to get an even better view inside the eyes.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) performing four images of the retina and Posterior scans to show more about your eye health.

Slit lamp microscope examination including peripheral retinas.

The optician will discuss the scans and results and a report will be sent to your GP for their information.

Our opticians recommend that you attend your annual diabetic eye screening with the NHS.

 

Enhanced Glaucoma Examination £35.00 added on to a private eye examination fee or the NHS fee.

If you have glaucoma yourself of have a family history of it you may wish to supplement the standard eye examination with this more in depth check. This will include:

Pupil dilation with drops to get an even better view inside the eyes.

Anterior and posterior Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scans to show more about your eye health.

Contact Tonometry (as used in eye hospitals) for more accurate intraocular pressure measurements.

Enhanced Visual Field test (Sita 24) specifically for measuring your visual field as this is effected with the onset of glaucoma

 

Macular Pigment ScreeningInitial £20.00, subsequent £10.00

If you are at increased risk of developing Macular degeneration our Macular pigment screening will measure the amount of macular pigment present in your eyes to monitor your eye health. It is recommended

that this is done every 6 months. It is advisable for anyone aged over 50 to check their Macular pigment levels and particularly if one or more additional risk factors are present. A healthy macular is good news.

However, should your macular pigment be declining we can advise you on changes to lifestyle and dietary supplements to reduce your risk of developing macular degenaeration.


NHS Eye Examinations are provided for people in the following categories:

  • Under 19's in full time education
  • Over 60's
  • Those with glaucoma or over 40 with an immediate relative having glaucoma or considered at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • Anyone with diabetes
  • Those registered blind or partially sighted
  • Anyone with a complex spectacle prescription
  • Anyone on a low income in receipt of an HC2 certificate, Income Support, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, Income based Jobseekers Allowance, Named on an NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate or receiving Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • A prisoner on leave from prison
 

Common questions about the eye examination:

How often should I have an eye test?

Every 2 years for adults (may be shorter in specific circumstances) & every year for children.

When should my child get an eye examination?

From about the age of 2 or even younger if you are worried about your child's eyes. Obviously the younger a child is, the less they'll be able to do (not least because they can't concentrate for very long!) but it's often amazing how much more a child will manage at almost any given age if they've already previously had an eye examination.

How do I know if I need an eye test?

If it's been more than the above time or sooner if you are concerned about your vision, your eyes, having visual difficulties of any sort or having headaches that you relate to your vision.

Can an eye test detect cancer, glaucoma, etc?

Yes, if the problem is affecting the eyes. I think most people expect eye related health problems (like glaucoma) to be detected in an eye examination even when there may be no symptoms but a lot of people don't realise that many general health issues fairly regularly show up in an eye examination. Common examples, are blood pressure problems, high cholesterol, strokes, diabetes and certain cancers.