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In Scotland eye tests are funded by the NHS. Optometrists in Scotland receive annual updated training and we think the Scottish system is a world leader in how eyecare should be provided.

During the eye test our optometrist checks the health of your eyes and looks for signs of other medical conditions. Your eye examination will be tailored to you however this is what might typically happen..

Our optometrist will ask you some questions about your vision, how happy you are with your glasses and request other information related to your vision. They may also ask you about your general health and any medications that you may have been prescribed. This helps them to have a better understanding of your overall visual health.

At i2i we use a machine called an Auto Refractor. This helps our Optometrists achieve great accuracy with your prescription. The optometrist then further refines their findings by asking you to read a letter chart through different strength lenses, testing which lenses give you the best vision possible.

The optometrist will then take a photograph of the back of your eyes using a modern high resolution retinal camera. This improves the ability to diagnose and discuss any eye problems. This image will be saved for your next visit to make a comparison of any changes. You will also discuss any visual problems you may be experiencing. It is helpful to have a good understanding of your visual needs so that we give you the best advice on lens choice.

The Optometrist may also measure your eye pressure using a tonometer. In most cases this is only necessary if you are aged over 40 or if there is a family history of glaucoma. This instrument blows a light puff onto your eye to take the measurement.

We may also take a closer look at your eyes using an instrument called a slit lamp. This allows the optometrist to take a microscopic look at all the layers of your eyes from the very front tear layer right back to the retina. The slit lamp has a bright light and you are required to sit quite still. Otherwise it is not painful in any way.

In other cases we extend the test to include a visual field test. This instrument checks how well you can see in non central areas and helps with detection of early stages of glaucoma swell as other conditions.

Your eye sight is important, of that there is no doubt. Unfortunately too many neglect to have regular eye tests, recommended every 2 years if you are under 60 and every year if under 16 or over 60. Not only is the eye test free to all, its painless and only takes 30 minutes. At i2i we will only prescribe glasses when we think they will be of actual benefit and you will never feel pressure to purchase glasses. We stock a wide range of eyewear from budget to luxury styles. Also if you are not working or claiming benefits you may qualify for free glasses.

We recommend that you call one of our branches today. Often, we can see you on the same day or even if you walk in there may be an appointment space free. There is no time like the present. Look after your eyes today..

i2i Optometrists
153 Howard St

0141 552 2030