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Eye examination

You only have one pair of eyes...look after them!

Looking after your eyesight is our top priority and at Stephen Bye Opticians we strongly recommend your eyes be examined regularly as part of your normal health check.

Eye examinations are vital to ensure clear vision but also help detect and monitor common health conditions and eye problems such as glaucoma, diabetes and macula degeneration.

Our practices use the very latest technology to help identify defects BEFORE they become a problem.   Qualified staff carries out the examination in its entirety; using unqualified staff purely to save money or to cram yet more tests into the day should not carry out something so serious we feel.

NHS Qualifying Customers

A free eye test and NHS voucher for qualifying patients.

Qualifying people include:

All over 60s

Children under 16 (or under 19 and in full time education)

Benefit claimants (income support, income based jobseekers allowance or in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit or Disabled Persons Tax Credit)


A Glaucoma sufferer as advised by a hospital ophthalmologist (ocular hypertensive)

Aged 40 years or over and a close relative of someone with glaucoma

Registered Blind or partially sighted

On a low income (NHS low income scheme)

Eligible for NHS complex lens vouchers


The sight test should not be thought of as ‘just a check for new specs’, but as a medical examination of the eye and it’s surrounding tissue.   A comprehensive eye examination not only identifies whether your eyesight needs correcting but can reveal underlying health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes as well as detecting eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts.  It is recommended to have an eye examination every two years although certain people need to be seen more frequently, for example if you have a family history of glaucoma or are diabetic. 

Our computerised recall system will notify you when you are due to be re-examined.

We provide a comprehensive eye examination that usually takes about 30 minutes and will be performed by one of our fully qualified optometrists.


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History and symptoms

This usually starts with a discussion about the reasons for your visit; is it just a routine check to ensure that the eyes remain healthy, or are there specific problems that you are having with your vision, or concerns you have about your eyes?

If you are having problems the optometrist will need to know the kind of problem, its duration and whether it is associated with any particular tasks.

We will ask about your general health, as this may be relevant to the examination, as will any medication you are taking, also whether you suffer from headaches.

Other relevant information is helpful, such as any previous eye problems you have had and whether there is any family history of conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts or glaucoma.  If we did not carry out the previous eye examination bringing the last prescription along will help too.



Your vision will be assessed with and without your spectacles or contact lenses as appropriate.


This part of the examination is to determine whether you need optical lenses to correct your sight, or whether your existing spectacles are the optimum prescription.

We will test both your distance and near vision, as well as your intermediate distance if you complete VDU or music tasks.

Ocular muscle balance

This is a very important part of the examination as it checks that the eye muscles are co-ordinated ensuring you have comfortable vision at all distances.

Pupil reflexes

This is to check that your pupils react normally to light as in some neurological disorders you will have abnormal pupil reflexes.


This is a critical part of the examination as it is an assessment of the health of your eyes.  Many conditions, such as diabetes, cataracts, hypertension, raised intra-cranial pressure and macula degeneration, can be detected by an eye examination.

Intra-ocular pressures

If the pressure of the fluid inside your eye is raised it can indicate glaucoma.   This is a disease that, if undetected, can seriously damage your sight.  This test is usually performed on patients over 40 years of age, especially if there is a family history of glaucoma.   We only use applanation tonometers for accuracy so there will be no puff of air to worry about.

Visual field testing

Loss of your peripheral field of vision is one of the main signs of glaucoma.  It is also a test that can identify other neurological disorders, so where it is appropriate, a ‘fields’ assessment will be performed.


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Finally, at the end of the examination, we will explain our findings and give you a copy of your prescription, or a statement explaining that you do/do not need spectacles.

If appropriate, we will introduce you to our dispensing optician who will discuss in detail the best frames and lenses for you and help you with your choice, or discuss the contact lenses options open to you.

If at any stage of the examination you have any questions, or want any procedure explained, please feel free to ask.

Remember, the continued good health of your eyes is vital to your overall well-being and happiness and not something to be taken lightly.  Don’t wait for your eyesight to deteriorate before paying us a visit.  Prevention, as in all matters relating to your physical health, is far better than cure.  As with other critical health checks, examinations should be carried out on a regular basis.  This will not only help to identify and correct defects in vision and conditions such as cataract and glaucoma, but will also serve to highlight the early symptoms of potentially serious medical complaints, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, both of which are far easier to treat if diagnosed in the early stages of development.

To book an appointment ring us on 01282 422627.

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