Why is an eye test important? 

Why is an eye test with T English Opticians different from other opticians 

Within a routine eye exam there are normally 9 different aspects that are covered, with T English Opticians we actually do 10.

Each evaluates different aspects of vision and eye health.

1 Visual Acuity Test

2 Visual Refraction Eye Test

3 Visual Field Test

4 Slit-lamp Exam

5 Glaucoma Test

6 Colour Blind Test 

7 Retinoscopy

8 Corneal Topography

9. Ophthalmoscopy (Fundoscopy)

10. OCT

What Is Optical Coherence Tomography?

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test. OCT uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina.

With OCT, your ophthalmologist can see each of the retina’s distinctive layers. This allows your ophthalmologist to map and measure their thickness. These measurements help with diagnosis. They also provide treatment guidance for glaucoma and diseases of the retina. These retinal diseases include age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease.

What happens during OCT?

To prepare you for an OCT exam, your ophthalmologist may or may not put dilating eye drops in your eyes. These drops widen your pupil and make it easier to examine the retina.

You will sit in front of the OCT machine and rest your head on a support to keep it motionless. The equipment will then scan your eye without touching it. Scanning takes about 5 to 10 minutes. If your eyes were dilated, they may be sensitive to light for several hours after the exam.

What Conditions Can OCT Help Diagnose?

OCT is useful in diagnosing many eye conditions, including:

macular hole

macular pucker

macular edema

age-related macular degeneration


central serous retinopathy

diabetic retinopathy

vitreous traction

OCT is often used to evaluate disorders of the optic nerve as well. The OCT exam helps your ophthalmologist see changes to the fibres of the optic nerve. For example, it can detect changes caused by glaucoma.

OCT relies on light waves. It cannot be used with conditions that interfere with light passing through the eye. These conditions include dense cataracts or significant bleeding in the vitreous.

As well as spending time and doing a 40-minute examination with all adults which gives you time to discuss your issues. It also gives us time to investigate a more thorough examination as a family run business that’s been around for 44 years, we pride ourselves on the fact that it is not a one in one out service. Every aspect of your eye is covered. We also specialise in contact lenses and everyone within our practice is fully qualified. 

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