Eye examinations

Our eyesight usually changes and deteriorates very gradually throughout life, such that we don’t immediately notice when our sight is not quite as good as it should be.
As with our body generally, our eyesight can be something we take for granted, until a sudden or drastic change occurs.

Regular eye examinations help in two main areas:

  • sight chartVision assessment – In the eye examination, your eyes’ quality of vision and corrective prescription are measured and compared to previous results. From these measurements, the optometrist can give professional recommendations to you, to help you get the clearest possible vision. He/she might recommend spectacles or contact lenses for general or specific use, or an update to your existing spectacles/lenses if your prescription has changed significantly.
  • EyeCloseUp(AOP)Eye health – We recommend our extended Premium examination to our new patients and then again at subsequent appointments. This includes 3D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning which can reveal medical eye conditions in their early stages, so that – with the right management – we can minimise the risk of the drastic sight loss that may occur if conditions are left untreated. It scans the deeper layers of the eye and can pick up even early signs of eye conditions such as Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma. We now have 3D OCT technology at all our practices. (Read more about these and other eye conditions here.)

Children’s eye examinations

Eye examinations for children are especially important for a number of reasons.
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The NHS advises adults to have an eye examination at least every two years, and children should be checked annually. However in some circumstances your optometrist may recommend more frequent examinations, for example if you:

  • have diabetes
  • are 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
  • are 70 or over
  • have a mild eye condition, that requires monitoring

At Norman Prince Opticians, we conduct thorough NHS and private examinations in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, taking the time to listen to your needs and to answer your questions.

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