Q: Why do I need an eye test every two years if I feel my eyes are fine?
A: Some eye conditions, such as Glaucoma, can offer no symptoms. A regular check can ensure that any necessary treatment is issued before it is too late. It is also sometimes the case that your vision can change over time, so it is worth having a regular check to update your prescription.
Q: How long does a sight test take?
A: An eye examination at iGlasses takes between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on age, medical history and other requirements. Our Optometrist looks to obtain a comprehensive and detailed background enabling us to best tailor the test to each patient and will determine what clinical tests are needed to provide the correct information for new glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, they may refer the patient for a medical opinion.
Q: How old do children have to be before they can have an eye examination?
A: Any age really. A child's eyes have finished developing by the time they are about eight years old. We recommend that a child should have their eyes tested before they start attending school.
Q: Can I only get new glasses at the time of my sight test?
A: No, you can pop in and get new glasses at any time. So long as your prescription is no more than 2 years old.
Q: Do I need a separate test if I am Diabetic?
A: Yes. Diabetes can cause severe problems with your sight. It is very important that you come for a diabetic retinpothy screening every year, preferably with drops to dilate the pupil, so that the retina (back of the eye) can be examined thoroughly.
Q. Glasses – Choosing the perfect pair
A. We understand that finding the right glasses is a personal choice for every customer but it can be especially difficult for the first time. It is common for most people to be unsure as to which glasses suit the shape of their face and age. It can also be difficult to see yourself clearly when trying on different styles of glasses. In the practice we provide the opportunity to have photographic images taken with you weaing various spectacles to help you with you choice of frame. This is particularly helpful for very long or short sighted customers.
We recommend you start by requesting assistance from an optician. Our highly trained staff are here to assist you, offering a wealth of experience in helping people choose a selection of frames that are suit your lifestyle and create the right look.
Q. Should I choose contact lenses or glasses?
A. There are pros and cons to wearing contact lenses instead of glasses for vision correction and you should consider your personal preference, ease of use and eye health before making a decision. Factors that are likely to influence your decision will be your lifestyle (work and hobbies/sports), convenience, your budget and, of course, how you wish to look.
Whatever your decision, we recommend that contact lens users also retain a current pair of glasses which can be used to rest eyes when necessary, and in case of eye infections or lost lenses.
Q. Can anyone wear contact lenses?
A. In general, most people who wear glasses can also wear contact lenses. Those with specific eye health problems, such as dry eyes or those who work with computer equipment regularly should consult their optician about their suitability to wear contact lenses.
Q. I have astigmatism can I wear contact lenses?
Nearly all people with astigmatism (irregular or rugby ball shaped eyes) can now be fitted with contact lenses. Soft and rigid gas permeable lenses can be used, and depending on the prescription even daily disposable soft lenses are available
Q. Will my vision keep getting worse?
As described above the aging process cannot be halted. Sometimes the prescription will not change for many years, at other times they will seem to change quite quickly. In particular children's eyes can change very rapidly especially if they are shortsighted (myopic).
Q. My spectacles are heavy and uncomfortable, is there anything I can do?
A. Yes, you can change to lighter-weight lenses (with the same prescription) and ultra-lightweight frames or even contact lenses.
Q. I like the idea of multifocals but my friend had trouble adjusting to them. What happens if I do too?
A. Multifocal lenses have in recent years been vastly improved by designing specific lenses to meet individual requirements whether for general, recreational or occupational work. This coupled with newer measuring equipment means that it is very rare for anyone to have difficulties wearing multifocal lenses. However, if you are still having trouble after trying your lenses after having your spectacles dispensed, we will exchange these lenses for bifocals and/or single vision lenses.
Q. Does laser eye surgery correct all vision problems?
Laser eye surgery can be undertaken to correct many cases of myopia (short sight) and astigmatism safely and predictably. Laser correction of hyperopia (long sight) is also possible. Presbyopia, which causes the need to wear reading glasses or bifocals, cannot currently be corrected by laser surgery though recent small experimental studies suggest that this may be possible over the next few years, either by laser or by implants into the cornea.. As a result, most people over 45 will require reading glasses following surgery. Amblyopia (lazy eye) or other existing conditions that have caused damage to the eye or loss of vision cannot be repaired by laser surgery. Some people (usually if over 50) may be recommended an alternative treatment called 'clear lens exchange' which can give a better result. Your Optometrist will be happy to discuss refractive surgery with you.