What To Expect
On Your First Visit
The first visit to an eye clinic can be a daunting experience. We hope the following information will make this a bit easier.
You will receive your appointment time and location well in advance of your visit. If there are any questions, please do get in touch with us using the telephone number below or the web form. The purpose of all assessments carried out at your appointment is to gather information about your eye condition to assist in making the correct diagnosis. This may include some or all of the following.
Visual Acuity Assessment
This is performed using an age appropriate method in all patients. Please bring any glasses you might have been prescribed along with you to the appointment.
Orthoptics is the study of eye movements and their disorders. All children and all adults with double vision or a squint will need an orthoptic assessment. This consists of measuring the alignment of the eyes in all directions of gaze for near and for distance, assessing the range of eye movements and the level of ‘3D vision’. It also includes measurement of the ability of bring your eyes together (convergence) and apart (divergence) and supplementary tests like Hess , visual field of binocular single vision etc. if required.
If required, the orthoptist will instil drops into both eyes to dilate the pupils. This leads to blurring of vision, particularly for near which may last for up to 24 hours. If you have any concerns about this test, please do discuss this with the orthoptist or your consultant.
All patients undergo a complete assessment by the Consultant Ophthalmologist including history, slit lamp examination, refraction ( testing the power of the glasses), fundoscopy or examination of the retina and optic nerve and further tests such as measurement of intraocular pressure if needed. In some cases further tests such as eye swabs, electro diagnostics, retinal or optic nerve OCTs or MRI scans may be necessary and we would be happy to arrange these for you or make the appropriate referrals.