Testing sight is central to community optometric practice and a key public health service both in providing vision correction for all and in identifying sight-threatening and other pathologies at an early stage.
There are various components to sight tests: history and symptoms, routine procedures, refraction, internal and external examinations, targeted investigations and record keeping. Most sight tests are routine, most patients do not have significant abnormalities and sight-testing has a very high safety record. Nevertheless, like all clinical practice and human interaction, it is not risk free:
- Errors may be made in prescribing
- Errors may be made in dispensing
- One or more procedures may be missed
- Pathologies may not be detected.
Read the Optical Confederation's Safe practice: eye testing guidance which helps you minimise potential risks in the sight testing process.
Originally published: June 2012
Next review date: March 2022
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