Eye Sight Test in Essex & London

Symptoms and History:

  • What glasses you're using or have used previously - if you wear glasses please bring them with you, along with any copy of the prescription from your previous eye test
  • Pills and capsules
  • Any problems you've been experiencing with your eyes or vision
  • Any headaches you might have been having
  • What demands are placed on your eyesight by your work and / or hobbies
  • Your general health status
  • What medication you're taking - please bring a list with you if you can

standard eye examination

This is the core of our clinical services, and we take great pride in the skill and experience of our highly qualified optometrists, who will carry out some or all of the following.

If you are bringing a child for an eye examination, especially for the first time, we will probably ask you about any family history of eye problems, together with details of any problems during pregnancy and birth, as these can often be important clues as to any eye problems we may find.

Initial assessment of vision

Usually involves getting you to read out letters on an illuminated chart or video display screen, either without glasses or with your existing glasses.

internal examination

Where we examine the internal structures of the eye to check for abnormality or eye disease, and to see if there are any other signs that you may be suffering from other general conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. We have various instruments and methods at our disposal to accomplish this, and we may use one or more of these depending on individual needs.

Sometimes we may need to put drops in your eyes to dilate your pupils in order to get an adequate view of the inside of the eyes.

internal eye examination

external eye examination

This may be done with a large magnifier and a light, or a standard hand-held instrument, or sometimes with a special type of microscope called a slit-lamp.

external eye examination


At this stage we carry out the tests which, if you need glasses, enable us to determine your spectacle prescription.

refraction essex

This may involve any or all of the following:

  • Retinoscopy - shining a moving light into each eye from arms length. By watching the way the light moves inside the eye through different lenses we can obtain a reasonable estimate of the prescription without relying on feedback from the patient. This is an invaluable technique in children and other patients who can't respond reliably to questions about letter clarity or target appearance.
  • Reading letters from a test chart.
  • Answering questions about the appearance of targets on the chart with different lenses.
  • Tests of near focussing ability.
  • Assessment of eye muscle co-ordination and how well your eyes work together with each other.

Extra tests:

Usually involves getting you to read out letters on an illuminated chart or video display screen, either without glasses or with your existing glasses.


Usually involves getting you to read out letters on an illuminated chart or video display screen, either without glasses or with your existing glasses.

more than just a sight test

A visit to the opticians begins with an appointment to see
one of the optometrists for a Standard Eye Examination.

here to help

We provide a sympathetic service to small children (including infants — we are happy to see children at any age), the elderly and those with special educational needs. We provide a Domiciliary (Home Visit) Eye Examination Service under contract to the NHS for patients who are unable to attend one of our practices without substantial assistance.

In addition to our Standard Eye Examination, we offer a number of additional services.

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Great friendly staff, expert services, completely satisfied with the whole experience and it's nice not to be rushed in and out like the big chain stores. Highly recommended.
First class professional service, all the staff are very courteous and helpful. Would heartily recommend Belson & Sons to all who expect the best in expertise and care.
I have been using Belson & Sons for around 30+ years, the staff have always been polite, friendly and courteous; the opticians are very professional and thorough.
I wouldn't go anywhere else. I have been going to Belson & Sons opticians for 21 years and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to see an optician.
I have been using Belson & Sons Pitsea branch for years now and would not dream of changing. The examination is always thorough and the personal service is exceptional.
I was always made to feel welcome, and felt as if every attention was being given to the care of my eyesight, unlike my (limited) experiences with some of the national chain opticians.