How’s your peripheral vision?
When choosing an optometrist, check which diagnostic tests are included in your eye test. At The Eye Practice, every patient gets a routine visual field test to check their peripheral vision. The letter chart only tests the central 2% of your vision. Many eye diseases such as glaucoma and neurological disease cannot be detected from reading the letter chart. But they will be picked up on a visual field test.
A photo is not as good as an OCT
Since 2005, The Eye Practice has offered Optical Coherence Tomography – or OCT – as part of your routine eye examination. This test is the equivalent of an MRI scan, and maps all the layers of the eye. OCT allows the detection of problems under the surface of the retina, macula and optic nerve. A retinal image is not capable of this.
Is your corneal thickness normal?
At The Eye Practice, we routinely measure the central corneal thickness of all our patients. This is called pachymetry. This has been shown to be a more effective red flag for glaucoma than the eye pressure measurement most practices rely on.