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Regular eye tests are an essential and painless examination to check your vision and the health of your eyes.
A private eye test will check your vision, make sure you have the best prescription if you wear glasses or lenses, and assess your eye health. Our expert eye doctors will also check for early signs of eye disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. Regular eye tests may also detect conditions that are not eye-related like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers.
Call or book online today to arrange a consultation to discuss a private eye test with a consultant of your choice at Circle Health Group.
The earlier problems with your vision or eye health are detected, the sooner you can start the correct treatment which may avoid the worsening of your condition in the future.
Even if you are entitled to a free eye test, you can still choose to have a private eye test. A private eye test is often more comprehensive and in-depth than a free eye test and provides a more detailed examination of your eye. Private eye tests also involve using the latest equipment and cutting-edge technology and may detect problems earlier than a free eye test.
It is recommended that most people have an eye test every one to two years. Your consultant may recommend more frequent eye tests if you are at a high risk of eye disease. This includes people who:
Your consultant will ask you about your symptoms and medical history including any medical or eye conditions you have, and any medications you are taking. They will explain what will happen during the test and answer any questions you may have.
At Circle Health Group, your first appointment is very important as it's where we get to know you and discuss your symptoms, general health, and expectations for treatment. It is important to us that you are as well-informed and comfortable as possible before, during, and after your eye test, so please ask your consultant any questions you may have.
Everything you do need to do to prepare for your private eye test will be in your hospital appointment letter. If there's anything you're not sure about, or if you have any questions about how to prepare for your eye test, call the hospital for advice.
Make sure you allow enough time for your eye test (normally 30 minutes to an hour) and bring any glasses, lenses, or other visual aids with you to your appointment.
If you are having a dilated eye exam, (where drops are put into your eyes to make your pupils bigger), you may not be able to drive yourself home from your appointment. Dilated pupils can also make going out in sunlight uncomfortable, so bring a pair of sunglasses with you.
They will then order some tests to check your vision and the health of your eyes. These may include:
This is a test where you cover one eye at a time and read letters and numbers on a chart. The letters and numbers get smaller as the chart progresses. You may also be asked to look through a device called a phoropter that has many lenses to see which best corrects your vision.
A visual field test checks your peripheral (outer) vision. During the test, your consultant gradually moves their finger, or an object from side to side and asks you to follow it without moving your head.
This is a test to check for colour blindness and involves looking at images formed from coloured dots. The images contain numbers that you may not be able to see if you have colour vision deficiency.
Corneal topography uses a computer to create a detailed map of your cornea. It is used to measure the curvature of your cornea and to diagnose astigmatism. The test is also used to fit contact lenses and prepare for corneal transplant surgery.
Your consultant will put eye drops into your eye to dilate your pupils. This normally takes around 20 minutes. Once your pupils are dilated, your consultant will shine a bright light into your eye and examine your cornea, lens, optic nerve, retina, and blood vessels for signs of damage or disease.
When your pupils are dilated, your consultant uses a special microscope called a slit lamp to examine your eyes under high magnification.
This is a test to measure the pressure inside your eye. High pressure can be a sign of an eye condition called glaucoma. During the test, you place your chin on the device and focus on a picture while the device blows a small puff of air onto your eye.
During this test, a camera or scanner takes thousands of images of your eye over a few seconds. It is used to diagnose problems with your optic nerve, retina, and cornea.
If you were given eye drops to dilate your pupils, your eyes may sting slightly, and your vision may be blurred for a few hours. You may not be able to drive safely or perform close-up tasks like reading or computer work. You may find sunlight uncomfortable, so bring a pair of sunglasses with you to your appointment.
Dilating eye drops wear off after around four to six hours.
If you were given dilating eyedrops, your vision may be blurred, and you may find it hard to focus for a few hours after your private eye test. If you are not sure how the eye drops will affect you, it is best to ask someone to collect you or use an alternative means of getting home.
Most people can go back to work immediately after their private eye test. If you were given dilating eye drops, you may find it difficult to perform tasks like reading or computer work for a few hours until the drops have worn off.
Some people are fine to drive straight away after a private eye test. For other people, the eye drops used to dilate your pupils can make driving difficult for a few hours. If you haven't had dilating eye drops before, you should find an alternative way of getting home until you know how they affect you. Dilating eye drops normally wear off after around four to six hours after which you are safe to drive.
There is no recovery time needed after a private eye test and you will be back to normal immediately after your appointment.
The cost of a private eye test at Circle Health Group will be different depending on where you have it and which consultant you choose, as well as factors personal to you such as your age and medical history. In general it is considered to be a low cost private treatment.
If you would like a personalised quote, give us a call and one of our friendly advisors can help you.
If you choose to pay for your own private eye test, we offer flexible payment options so that you can spread the cost if you wish to.
A private eye test is a non-invasive procedure that does not have any known risks or complications.
After cataract surgery, it is recommended that you wait around six weeks before having a private eye test. This is to allow your eye to settle down and recover fully from surgery.
A private eye test normally takes between 30 minutes and one hour.
Whether an NHS or private eye test is better for you, depends on many factors including your medical history, age, general health, eye health and preference. A private eye test usually examines your eyes in more detail and may pick up abnormalities earlier than an NHS eye test. In addition, most private hospitals have access to the latest, most advanced equipment when performing eye tests.
If you would like to see a consultant or learn more about a private eye test, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly.