What are the most common difficulties that people come to see us about?
Have you been having difficulties with your sight or vision?
- Perhaps it has been difficult to read words in a book or on your phone recently?
- Maybe it has been harder to see small writing further away such as on the board at school or college, in lecture theatre, on presentations, scores on the TV when watching football. Is your vision generally blurry?
- Are you experiencing eyestrain generally?
- Has one eye become significantly worse than the other?
- Have you recently started seeing floaters and/or flashing lights?
Are you feeling physical symptoms with your eyes?
- Have you been experiencing pain or discomfort in your eyes?
- Are your eyes itchy and/or watery?
Are you concerned about cataracts, macula degeneration or glaucoma (especially if a family member has one or more of these)?
Do you have any other concerns about your eyes or your sight?
Is it time to update your glasses?
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I can see clearly, why do I need to have an eye test?
An eye test goes way beyond testing your sight. Just because your vision is clear and you’re not feeling any symptoms like pain or redness, there are many conditions, such as glaucoma, that can cause people to lose their sight permanently and it can be prevented by an routine eye test.
What is the importance of having an regular routine eye test?
- We can detect early signs of eye conditions before you notice them.
- An exam could also detect other general health problems.
- Good vision and healthy eyes help you work and play safely and comfortably. It leads to a better quality of life.
- You’ve only got one pair of eyes. If you lose your eyesight it may never be replaced.
- Unlike your teeth, your eyes do not usually hurt if there is something wrong.
What do you examine at an eye test?
- We check your sight and ensure that you have the best visual performance for any tasks that you do. In addition to reading an eye sight chart we may also check your peripheral vision.
- We make sure that both of your eyes work together
- We examine the health of the front surface of the eye and the inside of the eye and the retina and optic nerves to look for diseases or anything that could threaten your sight.
- Our new pride and joy is our Optomap, our state-of-the-art ultra-wide retinal scanner. It allows us to give you a more thorough examination of your retina to identify problems early and protect your vision.
- For some people we need to check the pressure inside the eyes
What happens at an eye or sight test?
We’ve made a brief video of a routine sight test at Central Vision Opticians. Since then we have introduced some more technology (especially our Optos Optomap machine) into the routine.
What is the difference in eye tests for adults vs children?
- Children and adults can have very different visual needs and can have a range of difficulties with their eyes that are related to age. The way the examination is conducted needs to adapted for every individual, especially for very young children.
- Children’s eyes are still developing until they reach 8-10 years of age (and sometimes even after that age) We specialise in examining if their visual developmental milestones have been met. We understand that children can often be daunted by the task of having an eye test, but we have special techniques and years of experience in putting them at their ease and making the entire experience enjoyable. The incidence in myopia (short-sightedness) is increasing in children at an alarming rate. We have been successful in slowing down the rate of change myopia in kids by offering the latest products and techniques. Children use their eyes intensely every day to learn and read, we are experts in assessing these crucial visual skills.
- Adults use their eyes for work and hobbies in a huge variety of ways. From office workers to gardeners, engineers to warehouse workers accountants to musicians. Each person has their own visual needs and we have experience of assessing all types. Just let us know when you book the appointment and we’ll be able to accommodate you.
- As we get older, we are more likely to be afflicted by diseases and age-related changes in the eyes. Especially, cataract, glaucoma and macula degeneration. We will ensure that these are examined in detail.
How often should we have a routine eye test?
- Children with no symptoms or family history of hereditary eye problems need a sight test once a year. We usually see children from about 3 years of age, there are no concerns, but we can easily examine children from a few months of age.
- Children who need glasses need to be seen every 6 months to once a year depending on how quickly their eyes could change.
- After the age of 18, up to the age of 70, adults usually require an eye examination once every two years unless they are at the risk of complications, such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma.
- Over the age 70 usually warrants an annual sight test because the health of the eyes is more likely to change quickly.
What general health conditions can affect my eyes?
There are several general health conditions that put your eye sight at risk. We can examine your eyes and assess the risk to your vision from these diseases and give you the best advice and treatment or refer you a consultant if necessary. Here are just some of the conditions that require a thorough eye examination:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Stroke sufferers
- Thyroid problems
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Hydroxychloroquine medication
What happens after the test?
After your test we will give you our expert recommendations. This includes advice about how to use your eyes effectively, looking after them to keep them healthy. We will advise you about most appropriate optical products and solutions for your vision.
We have a complete and comprehensive range of solutions to help you see better and protect your eyes. As we’re independent opticians we are not limited to one or two suppliers. Unlike big companies, we are unrestricted and have access to the latest, best and most suitable products for you.
What makes Central Vision Opticians different?
Our mission is to raise people’s quality of life by helping them to improve their vision and to accomplish more. We are providing people with the tools to achieve their visual potential and to embrace upcoming opportunities. We are helping our customers to see the world, especially in a world where visual needs and demands are changing rapidly. Ultimately, we want to make sure that each of our customers will have the best possible vision for their entire life.
At Central Vision Opticians we strive to give you peace of mind that you’ll achieve the best vision and achieve your highest visual performance through uncompromised and comprehensive eyecare using the latest, and best in class, equipment, knowledge, techniques, solutions and products.
We promise to give you honest advice and offer amazing eyewear, the highest quality lenses and services that are right for you.
We provide a unique range of services and products that are exclusive to Central Vision Opticians. Everything we do is guided by our mission, core values and promise to you.
Can you check my contact lenses at an eye test?
How much does an eye examination cost?
A routine sight test is £35, which is a small price to pay for looking after your eyes.
We offer additional assessments and further investigation if necessary, including:
- the worlds most comprehensive scan of your retina - Optomap by Optos
- Contact lens checks
- Myopia (short-sightedness) - we have exercises and technology proven to slow the deterioration in children's eyes
- checks to investigate glaucoma in more details
- Cataract assessments
- Dry eye or watery eye assessments
- Examinations for people with dyslexia, dyspraxia or other reading or learning difficulties
- Many other visual difficulties
I’ve heard that Central Vision Opticians has exclusive advanced technology to examine my eyes?
We have the latest cutting edge technology, some of our technology is so exclusive it isn't even available to other opticians yet. We have been working with manufacturers, developers and researchers to bring this technology to you so we can give you a more comprehensive eye test and peace of mind.
Can you examine people who do not live in Finchley or in London?
Of course, in fact we are recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for vision and eyes. We have patients who regularly visit us from all of the world including, India, Switzerland, Jordan, Quatar, Adu Dhabi, America and other countries.
How do I make an appointment for an eye test?
Call us on 02083431122 (or click on the number above)
Visit us in practice: 327 Regents Park Road, Finchley, London N3 1DP