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The Andrew Cornish Guide To Your Eye Examination

Regularly scheduled eye exams are important for clear, comfortable vision and overall physical wellbeing. By carefully examining your eyes, our Jersey optometrists can evaluate their health and check against other medical conditions.

Andrew Cornish Optometrist

Our Optometrist, Andrew Cornish

Andrew Cornish Optometrist will tailor your Jersey eye exam to your specific needs, making it as quick as possible and absolutely painless.

Depending on the reason for your visit, your examination may include one or more of the following:

Optical and medical update

Our optometrist will update your confidential medical records. Our optometrist will inquire about your family history, together with your work and your lifestyle. It is of paramount importance that we fully understand your vision needs, especially if a specific problem is the reason for your visit.

Contact lenses may need to be removed before your eyes are tested, but you will be advised about this beforehand.


Our optometrist may use a retinoscope. This device bounces a light beam off the back of your eye, then back into the instrument. Different lenses focus the reflected light beam until it is steady, giving a close guide to the prescription you need. The retinoscope is a very accurate tool, we use it to test the sight of small children, or people who can’t easily describe how clearly they can see.

Vision Test

Don’t worry, this isn’t a test in the traditional sense. You will be asked strange questions such as “One or two better?” and “Red or green better?”. People often get unnecessarily worried that they might give the wrong answer. Just relax, you can’t fail! The test has several checks and balances, but you won’t get the wrong glasses by giving the wrong answer.

Slit lamp

This is a powerful, illuminated microscope that examines the outer surface of your eyes (the cornea, the iris and the lens) and checks for abnormalities or scratches. This is an essential test for contact lens wearers.


This test detects changes that often indicate diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure by carefully examining the retina at the back of the eye (including blood vessels and the front of the optic nerve).
Our optometrist will darken the room and sit quite close to you whilst shining a bright light into each eye with the ophthalmoscope. The light may leave shadows on your vision, but these will soon fade.

Visual field screener

This test reveals hidden problems with your vision that may not show up during the normal eye exam.

Digital retinal photography

We have recently invested in a state of the art fundus camera, which is a special camera designed to take clear pictures of the inside of your eye. This is a particularly useful method of monitoring your eyes’  long-term health. There will NOT be an extra charge for this.

Andrew Cornish Jersey Optometrists - Retinal Photo

We will readily answer your queries during the eye exam and explain our subsequent findings. If it is considered that your vision would be clearer with a change of prescription or new glasses, we will tell you why and recommend suitable options. After your eye exam, our dispenser will help you select a new pair of glasses based on the findings of our optometrists, whereupon the final check and measurement will be made by a qualified optician.

Contact us today for further information on the specifics of our Jersey eye exams by calling 01534 618262 or filling out our online contact form.

After we perform a thorough eye exam, why not browse through our range of designer eyewear? Our team of knowledgeable and friendly Jersey opticians will help you find the perfect look and fit. Brands we carry include:

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!