Patricia Wild Optometrists- Ramsey and Farmhill
Traditionally Sight Tests were carried out to ascertain what correction was needed to aid vision. This enabled the Optician to specify spectacles and contact lenses to correct near or far sightedness and/or astigmatism.
This is no longer the case and with the modern eye examination poor health conditions can be detected, often at an earlier stage than using other tests :-
Diabetes, High blood pressure, high cholesterol, glaucoma (excessive pressure inside the eye that can damage the optic nerve and result in partial or complete sight loss), macular degeneration (now the prime cause of sight impairment), cataracts (cloudy sight), colour recognition, or muscular coordination shortcomings for example.
This is made possible by the range of optical analysis equipment used by the modern Optometrists’ practices- not found in the average General Practitioner practice.
Eye examinations are particularly important for the developing child. Learning difficulties, uneasy social interaction or reluctance to read can be caused by vision problems and a child has no way to know what normal sight is. Minor problems, if detected early, can be more easily corrected so it is important to monitor progress and ask for professional opinion in good time
We are all living longer and naturally can be affected by the consequences of ageing. Fortunately the combination of increased technical knowledge and the advances in optical testing equipment in the modern Practice enable your sight care professionals to supply a service level way above that available a few decades ago.