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Having an eye test in hospital

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  1. You will need to tell the Reception staff your name and appointment time.

  2. You can sit in the waiting room until the nurse calls your name.

  3. The nurse will take you to the eye testing room.

  4. You may have your blood pressure checked.
    The machine may make a noise.

  5. You will have different tests done to check your eyes.

    The nurse will tell you what to do.

    You will need to read letters on a chart with one eye covered.
    This is a long distance test.

  6. You will need to do this for both eyes.

  7. You will need to read a chart like a book with one eye covered.
    This is a short distance test.
    You will need to do this for both eyes.

  8. The nurse will now put some drops in your eyes.
    The drops will make your eyes go numb for the rest of your tests.

  9. The nurse will place a machine against your eyeball to measure the pressure in your eye.

  10. You may have more drops put in your eyes to help make your pupil bigger.

  11. The nurse will then check your eyes and eyelids using a special machine.
    You will need to rest your head against it and look into the eye pieces.

  12. After the tests the nurse will clean your eyelids.

  13. You are now ready to see the doctor.
    The doctor will tell you what to do at the end of your appointment.