The Eye Examination - Your Questions Answered


Regular eye examinations are essential to detect early signs of disease and to ensure you have the best possible standard of vision. 

How often should you have your eyes examined?

We recommend a full eye examination every two years.  There are also circumstances in which we may advise more frequent eye examinations. This may be due to family history, medications or when your eyes require closer monitoring for ocular effects of systemic conditions, eg: diabetes and raised blood pressure.  It is advisable to bring a list of any medications you may be taking when attending for your appointment.

Eye Exam, Ret

What will happen during my Eye Examination?

You will be asked some questions about your general health and any eye problems you are experiencing. Your optician will then proceed to ascertain if you require spectacles using a variety of test methods. 

An ophthalmoscope is used to check that the internal structures of the eye are healthy. Early signs of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and other ocular abnormalities are looked for. With our state of the art retinal camera a photographic record of the inside of your eyes can be taken and the images retained for comparison on future visits.

If any abnormalities are detected, your optician will refer you to your doctor or to an Ophthalmologist for further investigation or treatment.

Ophthalmoscope eye health picture fundus camera



Do children need to have their eyes examined?

While most children will have their eyes checked in school, this may be too late to deal effectively with certain visual problems. Our vision develops in early childhood.  It is therefore important to deal with any visual defect as early as possible in order to allow vision to develop equally and normally in both eyes. If you have any questions regarding your child's eyes, please feel free to contact us for advice.

Ret, Eye Exam

What happens after I have had my eyes examined?

At the end of your examination, your optician will discuss whether you need spectacles/ contact lenses. We will also discuss the general health of your eyes and whether referral is required. 

Your lens options will be discussed, and advice given regarding frame and lens selection. Following your eye examination you will be welcome to discuss any concerns you may have about your eyes.

Driver Licence Reports

Bike, trike


At Deirdre Cooke Opticians we are pleased to be able to sign Driver Licence Reports for both Class I and Class II licences. Please specifiy when booking your appointment that you require a report signed as extra time will be allocated to facilitate this.


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