Eyes tests have changed a bit in the four years since I last had one.There were so many tests to do before I eventually saw the optician. Not IQ tests or anything as complicated as that but tests to find out how healthy my eyes were.
They are called pre-tests. The first one, an autofractor was to check my prescription. A frame was attached to the machine to rest your forehead and chin on while something magical was taking place inside.
The non-contact tonometer is used to check your eye pressure and for glaucoma and it was the one I dreaded, it blows three puffs of air in each eye to check the pressure. I don't understand why but each time it puffs it gives me the fright of my life, I jump and then I give a nervous laugh, I 'm such a wimp.
A photo is then taken of the inside of your eye, now this is magic too, I would love to know how it works. Four years ago the optician noticed diabetic changes behind my eyes, little burst blood vessels and I'm delighted to say this latest test showed that it had healed and I know longer have diabetic changes behind my eyes, entirely due, of course to my healthy eating and lifestyle full of fresh air and exercise, hmm!
Another test, a Visual Field Scanner tests your peripheral vision. Your head is placed in a frame and you have to press a button when green dots appear. I think I passed.
At last I get to see the optician. Someone on twitter said that the opticians is the only place you would allow a man you don't know get so close to you in a darkened room. That's so true but this time the optician was female and I don't remember the room being darkened as it usually is. The actual eye test seemed much shorter than I remember it being before, maybe it's because they have all those gadgets doing half the job.
|Redundant light box.|
I did have to wear the silly glasses and tell whether lens A or lens B was best. I'm always slightly scared at this point that I say the wrong thing and end up with glasses I can't see through, so I cross my fingers and hope for the best.
Choosing a new pair of glasses is difficult especially when the frames you are attracted to just don't suit your face. The assistant was very helpful and when I said it was hard to see what the glasses looked like as I could barely see myself in the mirror she produced an ipad and took photos of me in every pair of glasses I tried on, now that's a brilliant use of technology.
I have chosen my glasses,one for everyday and one for reading. I did take photos of them but they're not very good. Now I have to wait 2 wks for them to be made, it seems so long. The appointment took over an hour but I did feel I had a very good examination and as you get older you realise the importance retaining what eyesight you have. When I finally have my new glasses I'll be waiting for the first comedian to say,
"You should have went to Specsavers" just so I can say,"I did!"