Getting your eyes tested can seem like a daunting experience, especially if you’ve never worn glasses or contact lenses before. However, once you understand what’s involved, you’ll realise that an eye test is just a routine procedure that ultimately helps monitor your eye health and maintain your vision.
The M&S eye test is designed to check not only your prescription (how well you can see), but the health of your eyes and identify any possible eye conditions that may require further investigation. Depending on your age and family history, your M&S optician may also carry out checks for conditions such as glaucoma and diabetes.
To find out how short or long sighted you are, your optician will run a few tests, including asking you to read letters and words with the print becoming smaller and smaller. Your prescription will be determined by how many of these letters or words you manage to read clearly before needing the help of a corrective lens.
As part of your eye test, your optician will also examine the back of the eye to find out how healthy your eyes are and to check for any potential issues that may require further investigation.
If your eye test determines that your vision requires correction, you’ll receive a prescription that will be unique to you. Your eye test will also have determined whether you’re long sighted (can see into the distance but not so well up close) or are short sighted, and have trouble seeing things far away. If you’re new to glasses and are visiting M&S Opticians for the first time, don’t hesitate to ask the optician for help in understanding your prescription.