This is a screening service only. Your test results will be sent to your GP. If you need further treatment, you’ll be referred to a specialist to discuss your options.
Before your appointment
Do not drive to or from your appointment. Your eye sight will be blurry for a few hours afterwards. We recommend that you arrange for someone to come with you or that you are collected from your appointment.
What to bring:
- all the glasses and contact lenses you wear
- your contact lens solution
- sunglasses to wear after the test
Your appointment will last about 30 minutes. It will begin with a sight test, during which you’ll be asked to read some letters from a chart while sitting down. We’ll then put some drops in your eyes to dilate your pupils. These might sting for a few seconds.
When the drops start working, you’ll be asked to look into a camera. Pictures will be taken of the back of your eyes. You’ll see a bright flash when the picture is taken.
Your results will be sent to you and your doctor within 6 weeks. If you do not receive your results letter within 6 weeks, contact your GP.
Go back to where you had the test or go to A&E if:
- your eyes become very painful
- your eyes turn red
- your sight is still blurry after 6 hours
These side effects are rare but need to be checked quickly.
102 Dalton Lane
Furness General Hospital
Barrow in Furness
0345 0500 109