about the eye test

What happens in an eye test?

Wondering what happens when you have your eyes tested? This may be the first time you have visited an optical store, or you may be a regular. At Bupa Optical we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable about your experience, knowing you are in the hands of an experienced, knowledgeable optometrist. You may be curious about what is going to happen during the 30 minute examination. Let’s look at an overview of a typical eye examination.

Getting to know you

Your store team and your optometrist will ask questions about your eyes and vision, your health, your family’s health, your work, hobbies, interests and lifestyle. This will help us to understand your visual needs, particularly if you have any concerns that have prompted your visit.

Your examination

Establish a baseline

Your optometrist will perform many different tests to be able to make the best recommendations and give you the best advice. He or she will check your current vision on a letter chart, and also look at your previous glasses or contact lenses (if you have any) to establish a baseline.

Achieve clearest, most comfortable vision possible

Your optometrist will ‘measure’ your vision. Usually you will be behind an instrument that houses hundreds of different lenses, with the lights dimmed. You will look through this to the letter chart and answer a series of questions. Sometimes the chart may look a little blurry or doubled; the end result will be the clearest, most comfortable vision possible for you.

Eye health checks

One of the most important areas of the examination is the eye health assessment. These tests don’t take long and of course they don’t hurt. Your optometrist will look very closely at your eyes, both inside and out. He or she will be looking at the structures of your eyes, including the optic nerve, macula, retina and cornea, checking for cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. The room lights will usually be dimmed, and you will experience bright lights shining in your eyes. You may feel a little dazzled immediately afterwards, but rest assured this dazzle will only last a few minutes.

Your optometrist may also take a photo of the inside or outside of your eyes. A retinal camera is used for this
purpose, and you will see a bright flash! This will give us more information and allow us to compare images in the
future to ensure there are no changes occurring. You may also have the pressure of your eyes measured, checking
for glaucoma. Sometimes this test requires eye drops.

Recommendations and advice

After the examination has been completed your optometrist has the information necessary to make recommendations and give advice. He or she will review their findings with you and discuss the best options for your personal needs. They will also be able to offer advice on eye health and maintaining good vision for life.

Perhaps further tests may be advised, and your optometrist will discuss this with you if necessary. You may not have all the tests described here, or you may have other tests, as your optometrist will tailor your eye examination to your individual needs. Remember, you are always welcome to ask any questions that you may have.