The Eye Examination at Kent Eye Care
Regular eye examinations are a vital part of any health care programme. They are not only important for helping us maintain good vision but also in detecting conditions which may affect both our ocular and general health. Such conditions including Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetes, Macula degeneration, high blood pressure, high cholesterol all of which can have far reaching effects on our lives if left undiagnosed and treated.
Most adults will benefit from an eye examination every 2 years however certain people will require examinations more frequently i.e. children, diabetics, over 70 years or patients that have a family history of certain eye conditions such as glaucoma. At Kent Eye Care the eye examination is very comprehensive, unhurried and is tailored to your individual requirements. As a Specialist Optometric practice we are proud to be able to offer all our patients one of the most thorough and in-depth eye examinations in the whole of Kent and indeed the UK.
Dr Gurney is our clinical lead a Specialist Registered Independent Prescribing Optometrist and is the only Practitioner in Kent with nationally recognized Diplomas in Ocular therapeutics( DipTP IP) and Glaucoma( Dip Glauc) with this level of qualification in the whole of Kent), Dr Gurney is a member of the Community Ophthalmology Team and OPwSI(Optometrist with Special interest in Ophthalmology) as such he and his team work closely with the Consultant Ophthalmologists at Maidstone & Medway hospitals. We can therefore offer more specialist hospital standards of diagnostic care, treatment and examinations not available at high street and multiple opticians, who employ entry level opticians.
At Kent Eye Care our Eye Examination Includes
- Discussion of your medical and ocular history including any medications taken which may affect your eyes and vision
- Discussion of your lifestyle requirements i.e. Driving, Occupation, use of VDU equipment, etc.
- Assessment of your vision without spectacles or Contact lenses
- Retinoscopy: The eyes refractive status is measured by assessment of a reflex that is projected of the retina.
- Calculation of Spectacle Prescription: Different lenses are placed in position until the letters on our computerised test chart are as sharp as possible.
- Binocular Vision Assessment: Vision correction involves not just rectifying obvious focusing errors such as long, short sight or astigmatism, but also correcting other imbalances in the visual system, such as muscle weakness or poor eye coordination. The latter are also frequent causes of discomfort and eyestrain, but are often overlooked.
This is the examination of the back of the eyes, and is normally carried out in Eye Hospitals by a Consultant Ophthalmologist. Our Optometrists carry out this technique using a special Volk Lens which gives us a wider view of the back of the eye.
This lens also allows us to view the peripheral retina more thoroughly as well as giving us a three dimensional image. From this, we can view any raised areas on the retina which isn’t possible with the traditional hand-held direct Ophthalmoscopes used at most High Street Opticians.
Slit Lamp Bio-microscopy
We use a special hospital standard Haig Strait slit lamp bio-microscope this allows our optometrists a 3 dimensional view of both the front and middle structures of your eyes. Helping them to detect subtle changes to the cornea, iris and lens of your eye (i.e. dry eye and cataract).
Tonometry (Eye Pressure Test)
We use one of the latest air-puff optical machines to measure the intra ocular pressure within your eye, raised eye pressure can be an indicator of glaucoma.