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Is the retina checked as part of a routine eye test?


Do opticians routinely look at the back of your eye to check eye health? I had eye test all was ok got some glasses varifocals. I recall a thorough examination.

I learned there was another test that they do but they didn't do it on me, called retinal something.

Answer Written answer:

Yes, as part of a routine eye test an examination of the retina at the back of your eye is always included. Some opticians do digital retinal photography as part of the eye test, but it is optional. Have a look at the link below to see what may be involved in an eye test:

We recommend you seek professional advice if you are concerned about your eye health:

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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