Eye Examination

Because your eye sight is important to us

Because your eye sight is important to us


We are committed to providing you and your family with the high standard of care that our patients expect from While Opticians.

The heart of this commitment is making sure that your time with us is as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. We will talk you through the different stages of the eye examination and answer any questions you may have to help you feel comfortable and keep the consultation easy and stress-free

We work closely with the Ophthalmologists at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and with SENCO the special needs coordinators for schools and colleges in Leicester.


Our Whiles concept of the eye examination, including our binocular vision analysis, ophthalmoscopy and intra-ocular pressure measurement and visual field analysis, have all been developed so that today’s routine eye examinations embrace the most forward thinking procedures we can offer.

These sight tests and eye examinations are available privately and on the National Health Service. A full list of eligible categories for NHS benefits is available on our NHS page.

At the start of the appointment your Optometrist will ask you a few simple questions about your eyes and eyesight. From this we can tailor the eye examination to meet your personal needs.

We will always check your vision and confirm your prescription. We aim to keep this part of the consultation as simple and easy as possible so that you can relax knowing that we use a variety of techniques to obtain the most accurate results possible.

An examination of the health of your eyes is essential to screen for various eye and general health conditions. This is done by shining various lights into your eyes. The experience is completely painless and will not affect your vision.

To assess your eye health more thoroughly we may recommend Retinal Photography be performed.

Sometimes we may recommend additional procedures for example repeat visual field testing and tonometry either to be completed straight away or at another visit. If any extra tests are needed this will be fully explained to you during your eye examination


A tonometry test measures the pressure inside your eye, which is called intraocular pressure (IOP). This test is used to check for glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blindness by damaging the nerves in the back of the eye. Damage to the optic nerve may be caused by a build-up of fluid that does not drain properly out of the eye.

Eye drops are administered to numb the surface of your eye and the pressure in your eye is measured by how much force is needed to flatten your cornea. This type of tonometry is very accurate and is the gold standard method used to measure intraocular pressure.


This important clinical screening procedure maps the peripheral vision of the eye. Using a computerised visual field analyser we can screen for various diseases, such as, glaucoma and certain neurological conditions.


Our state of the art equipment includes a fundus camera. This takes a digital photo of the retina inside the eye. It gives an image which we store and can refer to in the future to monitor any changes to your retina.

Retinal photography is a much more sensitive way to screen than the traditional method of looking with an ophthalmoscope and making notes on the records. Due to the high quality of the image it is possible to detect problems which would not otherwise be visible. If we need to refer you to a specialist we are then able to send a copy of the image which helps with accurate diagnosis and treatment.


With the use of a simple eye drop the pupils are dilated to facilitate a wide angle view of the interior of the eye and the periphery of the retina. This enables us more easily to detect early signs of diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and other related conditions.

At the end of the examination your Optometrist will discuss the results of the tests completed and which other tests may be beneficial (for example visual tracking or colorimetry) including a recommendation on whether you would benefit from new spectacles. We will also be very happy to answer any questions you may have.

After your eye examination our dispensing team will be delighted to help you as you choose new spectacles. We are very proud of our fantastic range of frame and lens choices which aim to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets.