What to expect at an eye examination

At David Bray, your eye examination is quick, easy and completely pain free.

The purpose of the examination is to check your eye health, assess your vision, and make any necessary changes to your prescription. Our optometrist will ask you a few questions, such as whether you've had any problems with your eyes, or if you're taking any new medication.

Then she will perform some or all of the following tests:


This gives a good starting point for determining your prescription. Our optometrist will turn out the lights, and ask you to stare at an object. She will then shine a light into your eyes to assess the way your eyes reflect light when different lenses are passed in front of them.


Following the retinoscopy test, this helps to find the precise prescription you need. Our optometrist will keep placing different lenses in front of your eyes, and ask you which ones make things look clearer.


You'll be asked to read the letters on a chart, which get progressively smaller.


Our optometrist will ask you to stare at a grid with a dot in the middle, and tell her what you see. This tests your central vision.


You'll be asked to stare at a light in the centre of your field of vision, while other lights flash around the edge. This tests your peripheral vision.


Our optometrist will cover your eyes alternately, while you focus on something in the distance. She will be checking how much each eye has to move to focus on the object, which will help her to pick up a number of conditions.


Using a biomicroscope, our optometrist will have a detailed look at the inside of your eyes, and can detect a number of diseases and conditions affecting various parts of your eyes.


This is to test for colour blindness - you'll be asked to look at coloured dots and pick out a letter or a number within them.

The whole appointment will last about half an hour, and it's time well spent - we'll able to pick up on any changes in your sight or eye health, which if left untreated could affect your vision.

After your eye examination...

If your prescription changes

If you need new glasses, we take the time to help you choose - offering expert advice on frames to suit your face shape, colouring, and personality, as well as on lenses that meet your needs.

If any diseases or conditions are detected

We can issue prescriptions, or arrange treatment as directed by our optometrist to help your eyes back to health as quickly as possible.

The David Bray difference

To make the process quicker, easier, and more reliable, we keep really comprehensive patient records. These include pictures of the back of your eye, important measurements, and detailed notes on your prescription, vision, and family history.
By building up a good clinical record of your eyes over the years, any abnormalities can be spotted and treated immediately.

What's more, if you decide to join our Eyeplan membership, you could recieve inclusive eye examinations as frequently as you wish. Click here for details.