A step-by-step guide to your eye test

Here at Alastair Wade Optometrists we are dedicated to giving you highest level of service, that is why our eye tests last at least 30 minutes.

Step 1 - On Arrival

  • Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of our friendly members of staff. Simply explain what you need and we will be happy to help you.
  • If you arrive early, we have a comfortable waiting area for you to use whilst you wait. We also offer all of our customers the option of having a hot or cold drink whilst they wait.
  • When the Optometrist is ready to see you they will come and collect you from the waiting area.

Step 2 -  Patient Questionnaire

  • One of our optical assistants will guide you through our patient questionnaire. This allows the Optometrist an insight into your lifestyle and what is important to you in your eye examination. It will also identify how you use your vision which will help us to recommend what correction is most suited to your needs.

Step 3 - The Consultation

  • The consulting room is where the Optometrist (optician) will begin the examination. All of our consulting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, so test is as easy as possible.
  • Before the Optician begins the examination, they will guide you through what is going to happen over the next 20 minutes.

Step 4 - Your Prescription

  • The optometrist will perform a series of basic tests in order to attain your prescription. During the test they will use a number of techniques so your prescription is as accurate as possible.
  • These techniques include;
    • Retinoscopy - Using a piece of equipment called Retinoscope, which is designed to refract light into your eye.
    • Subjective Analysis - Either a Trial frame or nidek is used to give the patient different prescription options. The optometrist will get the patient to read a wall chart and give opinions on the effectiveness of the prescription.
    • Once we have found your perfect prescription we will look at the health of the eye.

Step 5 - Medical Exam

  • The health of your eye is very important, and at Alastair Wade we take great care when we examine your eyes. Our Opticians are highly trained to detect any problems that you may have with your eyes. Whether it be scratches on the surface or problems deep inside them. We have the skills and the technology to help detect any problems you may have.
  • The NHS currently recommends that you should have an eye test at least every 2 years. This helps you maintain the most important sense organ of the body.

Step 6 - Lens and Frame Selection

  • If we find a change in prescription we recommend that you change the lenses in your spectacles. Often we also recommend a new frame as many frames become structurally weak after 2-3 years.
  • It is at this point where you will be introduced to our dispensing opticians, who will guide you through your options and give advice on your choice of frames and lenses.
  • Interested? Ask us a question!