Getting My Eyes Tested At Leighton’s After Six Years

Getting My Eyes Tested At Leighton’s After Six Years

Yes you read my title right until last weekend I hadn’t had my eyes tested for six years, but in fact it could have been a lot longer. Considering I work in an office staring at a computer all day and then I spend most of my spare time staring at more screens I really should have had it done a lot sooner but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

When I was invited along to Leightons in Marlow to have their Ultimate Eye Examination I knew it was time to see what condition my eyes were in. Unlike a regular eye test which takes basic imagery and checks any prescription needs the Ultimate Eye Examination includes unique Retinal Photography and an OCT scan which gives 3D views of the eye and can detect serious eye conditions up to 5 years earlier than a normal test.

I arrived in the pretty village of Marlow on a Saturday morning and was surprised at how relaxed the place was as I’m used to my local town center which at 10 am is usually rammed. I parked about a 2 minute walk from the clinic and it was only £1.20 for 2 hours of parking which is insanely good when I’m used to about £4 for 2 hours in my local center.

I arrived a little early to my appointment but after giving the team a few of my details I was led in early to start my eye test and it was unlike any eye test I’ve ever had before and certainly lived up to it’s ultimate namesake. The appointment started with the standards of an eye test reading the letters off the board in various orders with different prescriptions on my eyes which thankfully showed that I had good vision and didn’t need any prescriptions or glasses *hooray*. The lady who did my appointment whose name I can’t remember – damn my memory – was absolutely lovely, not only did she explain everything she was doing and what it was going to show she listened to all my questions.

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Next up some eye scans were taken not only of the surface of my eyes but also of the back of my eye which can show if there’s any signs of eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts. It was great to have peace of mind that there didn’t seem to be anything to worry about in my eyes and levels which is good considering my Auntie has glaucoma. Next up was a test to look at my peripheral visual where I had to click a button when ever I saw a movement on the screen, something I’d never done at any eye test before.

When we went back into the main exam room to investigate the images my eyes were checked for dryness which is always something of a concern considering I stare at screens all day, and even though my eyes didn’t show any signs I was given some drops to try so I could see if they made my eyes feel any better in the afternoon’s. Finally tiny amounts of air was pumped into my eyes to check their pressure, another glaucoma check and thankfully everything was all tip top .

I am incredibly lucky to have good vision but whether you’re like me and haven’t had a test in a long time or you do need glasses but want a test a little more thorough I’d certainly recommend going to Leighton’s as you’ll find out so much more about your eye health.

When was the last time you had your eyes checked?

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*I was offered a complimentary Ultimate Eye Examination in exchange for an honest review so all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Marie
    February 20, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    It’s like the dentist, tend to go only when there’s an issue! Looks lovely though

  2. February 20, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Oh that looks very posh. I have to wear contacts so I have a yearly check up. I hate it but needs must x

  3. February 20, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    Eye tests are so important and your normal high street opticians have so many investigations open to them now. I had one last week and it showed up all sorts of problems with my eyes so I’m so glad I went!

  4. February 20, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Blooming heck, I am 25 and I’ve never had my eyes tested…maybe it’s something I should consider!

  5. February 20, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    I must confess I haven’t been for years, this has spurned me to book a test thank you

  6. February 20, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    I go every 2 years to get my eyes tested my last appointment showed a change so I now have new lenses and can see so much better. They are so important to have done as I had been squinting for awhile.

  7. February 20, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    What a gorgeous opticians! I go every year to have my eyes tested, I wear glasses for distance. My girls had their eye tests today actually!

  8. February 20, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    Eye test s so important and I am glad you got around to getting yours checked. And what a wondeful clinic to go to as well.

  9. February 20, 2018 / 11:54 pm

    I have to go to the opticians all the time, I feel like it is a bit of a second home really. However, Ash is like you he doesn’t go often I actually need to book him in as he’s learning to drive now.

    This sounds like a great clinic to go as well.

  10. February 21, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Out of 7 of us, 5 wear glasses so I practically live at the opticians. 🙂

    Chances are all the kids will need glasses at some point. Haha. this place looks fab!

  11. Jem
    February 21, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    I went for an eye test the other week after about 10 years. Shameful I know, but thankfully everything was ok.

  12. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    February 21, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    taking care of our eyes are so important and this optical clinic looks quite impressive and it seems perfect clinic to visit.

  13. February 21, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    I really do need to go get my eyes tested again. I had them lasered years ago but I know they’re slowly deteriorating again. Thanks for reminding me!

  14. February 21, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    As I wear glasses I get my eyes checked every 2 years. My last test was last April. But next year will be a different kettle of fish when I get my eyes tested for the first time here in Portugal!

  15. February 21, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    Six years IS a long time! I wear glasses and used to have contacts, so get my eyes checked regularly!

  16. February 22, 2018 / 12:58 am

    I couldn’t tell you the last time I had an eye test. My vision seems fine but your post has really prompted me to go xxx

  17. February 22, 2018 / 7:29 am

    I think eye tests like this should be as standard, it would be great to leave the opticians with 100% clarity x

  18. February 22, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I’ve had glasses since I was 12, so get my eyes tested every year. I actually need new glasses, but can’t find any frames I like. Argh!

  19. February 22, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Everyone should do their best to look after their eyes but it’s funny how easy it is to put off things off for so long, then you actually go and wonder how come you didn’t do it sooner! Looks like you chose a great place to get a test.

  20. February 22, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    I haven’t had my eyes tested for a few years and could really do with a new pair of glasses.This place looks gorgeous even like the added plant in the examination room x

  21. February 23, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Its good to know that you finally had your eyes tested after so long.Regular eye checks are important as opticians can even pick up things like high cholesterol and diabetics by just looking in the back of the eye.

  22. February 24, 2018 / 10:34 am

    I am due for another eye test. It sounds like you had a really through check up . I sometimes get dry eyes too from staring at the computer all day.

  23. February 24, 2018 / 10:41 am

    I had my eyes tested over 5 years ago, so I actually went the other week. It is really important to get them tested as they can pick up any other head problems too.

  24. Danielle
    February 25, 2018 / 11:38 am

    You have just reminded me that I need to get my eyes tested. It’s so important to regularly get them checked.

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