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Longridge Eyewear Eye Test and Eye Examinations Explained

A thorough eye test will be carried out by our experienced Optometrist. A careful evaluation of any history and symptoms will initially be taken, together with an accurate assessment of the patient’s needs and requirements. At Longridge Eyewear Opticians, you can rest assured that our thorough eye examinations provide a reassuringly accurate assessment of your vision.

The eye, the fastest moving muscle in the body, hense 'in the blink of an eye!

But when it comes to your eye test, you’ll find we don’t do things in the blink of an eye. When you come through our doors, we’ll sit you down and make you feel calm and relaxed – we’ll never rush you or put you under any kind of pressure.

We are committed to providing the very best quality when it comes to eye examinations and dedicate sufficient time to all patients to ensure the very best in eye care. 

A standard eye examination lasts for approximately half an hour and the Optician will use a range of tests tailored to your individual needs. Your Optician will provide step-by-step explanations so you know exactly what is involved at each stage.

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Why have an eye test?

The eyes are the window to the soul’  its only a saying but actually there’s a little bit of truth in it. Having an eye examination is the only way we can look at some of the blood vessels within your body without actually cutting you open. Early signs of Diabetes, glaucoma ,high blood pressure are the usual suspects but even brain tumours can be spotted during an eye test.

Should I have regular eye test

We always recommend regular eye examinations normally every two years. Under 16s and over 70s every year but sometimes the optician will recommend to see you on a more regular basis.

In the blink of an eye is another saying, that’s because the eye has the fastest moving muscles in your body.

But rest assured we won’t rush you, from the minute you enter our door, we’ll do our very best to make sure your calm and relaxed and under no pressure or rushed in any way.
But don’t let this put you off, having an eye test is a very straightforward yet thorough process and should take no more than 30 minutes.

The optician will use a range of tests best suited to your individual needs and explain each stage to you as you go along.

During the test, the optician will be looking at the following
Your level of vision with and without your current glasses or contact lenses
How the muscles of your eye are performing and working together, did you know each eye has 6 muscles attached to it!

Internal eye health
The health of the front of your eye.
The pressure within the eye
Further tests for depth perception, visual fields, and colour vision tests are sometimes required.

What is involved in an eye examination?

You can be rest assured that although having an eye test is a very straightforward process, all of our examinations are very thorough. Lasting approximately half an hour, our optician will look closely at all aspects of your vision and eye health. A few questions will be asked about your sight, general health, your family’s health and your lifestyle. There are lots of different tests that can be carried out during your eye examination, so your Optician will tailor this to suit your individual needs. While testing your eyes, the Optician will look at the following:

The Eye Examination

Includes a full ocular health check with tests that establish the presence of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macula degeneration. Systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure can also be detected. An assessment of the patient’s prescription is made and their visual requirements are fully discussed.

Dry Eye Diagnosis

With more and more people spending so much time on digital devices such as phones,pcs and tablets more and more people are struggling with dry eye symptoms .Did you know there are 3 layers to your tears, if there is too much or too little of any one of these layers it results in your tears not remaining on the eye long enough? This will give you the dry eye symptoms. At
Longridge eyewear we offer a range of products to manage different dry eye conditions.


Medical Conditions

Did you know your eye exam could also flag up other medical conditions – like high blood pressure, risk of stroke and even some brain tumours? We’ll look for any signs of these, as part of our routine examination of your eyes. 

Good Clear Vision For Kids

It’s a must that’s kids have clear vision whilst their eye’s are developing. So long as the brain is presented with good clear images the brain will continue to use these images and wire up the visual cortex. In a nutshell, if the brain does not get good pictures as a kid it doesn’t bother to use the images at all. This is what is commonly known as a lazy eye. Under 19s in full-time education are entitled to free eye tests and free lenses.