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.
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?