Eye Test FAQs

The following questions and answers should provide further understanding of eye test results, and the examination process we follow here at Eyesite:

Q: How long will my eye examination take?

The length of the examination will depend upon the examination type, your age and your ocular history. Our Introductory Exam and Advanced GOLD exam take 50-60 minutes. The Advanced exam is 40 minutes. Extended is 30 minutes and NHS only is 20-30 minutes.

Q: I’m nervous about people going near my eyes – how can you help make me feel comfortable and relaxed?

All of our optometrists are friendly, helpful and experienced. They will talk you through all aspects of the exam and answer any questions you may have to help you feel at ease. We allow time for them to talk to you in a calm environment so you won’t feel you are being rushed. You can bring along a friend or family member if you feel this may help. You can speak to other members of our teams before and after your exam and we can use our knowledge to draw on other people’s experiences that might help you.

Q: Am I entitled to a contact lens prescription in addition to a spectacle prescription?

You can have a contact lens trial as part of your exam. This is when an optometrist will show you a contact lens and talk through the contact lens process with you to see if it’s something you may be interested in. If you would like to try contact lenses we can book you in for a contact lens fitting which will get you wearing lenses and teach you how to apply and remove them and care for them. For further details visit our contact lens page.

Q: How often should I have my eyes tested?

You should aim to get your eyes tested every two years, or more frequently if you are recommended to do so by your optometrist. By visiting regularly, we can detect even the smallest of changes to your eye health and vision. If any problems occur, we can have them treated and managed as soon as possible.