Your first visit to an ophthalmologist can be quite bizarre. Although it might seem very strange it can be compared to a normal visit to your GP. Like your GP would always take your blood pressure, pulse and breathing rate etc. there are a few basic tests that will be done at each visit. This is called pre-screening.
An ophthalmic assistant might assist with the initial screening. Your eye pressure will be measured to screen for Glaucoma. Your visual acuity will be measured with the eye chart with the big letter E or a similar electronic chart. The machine with the little world inside, usually a hot air balloon or a house, measures your refraction or eye power.
Your ophthalmologist will examine your eye using a slit lamp that has a light and a microscope to see all the necessary detail. If he/she needs to see more detail of a specific part of your eye special tests and scans will be ordered. You will be seen a second time to discuss all your test results and treatment options.
In the next few weeks, we will be discussing all the interesting tests and scans. We will look at what is measured or scanned and why it is done.