Take care of your eyesight with the help of Specsavers

Here at Specsavers we understand how important the gift of sight is. That's why we offer thorough and reliable eye tests for all customers. Our highly-trained optometrists will tailor your eye examination to suit your individual needs and will make sure you get the best advice possible.

When you come through our doors, you can expect a welcoming and friendly service. You'll be taken for your appointment and will be asked a range of questions depending on whether we've seen you before or not. Once your confidential customer record is accurate and up-to-date, we can then make sure you eye sight is up to scratch and will keep you informed every step of the way.

There are many ways to test your eyes, but the optometrist will use the methods that are most appropriate to you. They may start off by examining your eyes using a non-contact tonometer. This measures the pressure inside each eye and can indicate the early stages of glaucoma - a sight-threatening condition. It's often hereditary and can be managed if detected early, so it's worth having your eyes checked regularly.

Once that's done, the eye care specialist may use an autorefractor to check how well your eyes focus, or a retinoscope to check your prescription. If you're asked to read a test chart through different strengths, the optometrist is simply testing your eyes individually and together to fine-tune his findings. Your focus might also be tested and your retina will usually be examined using an ophthalmoscope. All of the tests are pain free and can help create a very accurate picture of your eyesight.

At the end of the examination, the optometrist will discuss your needs with you and will listen to any concerns you have. If you need more information or want to know theins and outs of your prescription - this is the time to ask. Afterwards, the optometrist will pass on his recommendations and findings to a dispenser who will help you choose a pair of glasses to suit your face shape or contacts if necessary.

The whole experience should be hassle-free, but if you're having difficulties our members of staff are always on hand to help. They'll help you select the spectacles that are right for you and will make sure they've taken your measurements before you leave, so that the glasses fit properly. You can have them readjusted at any time, so don't be afraid to pop back into one of our Specsavers stores if you require.

Arranging an eye test might seem daunting if you're not used to it, but it's advised you have your eyes tested at least once every 2 years. There are numerous eye conditions out there that can cause discomfort - such as blepharitis, floaters and cataracts - so it's best to sort the problem out sooner rather than later. We're always here to help and will offer informative and sensible advice in a way you can understand.

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