Our optometrists and opticians are some of the most qualified in the country and with this level of expertise you couldn’t be in better hands. We routinely diagnose manage and treat a vast range of eye conditions and diseases. In fact, we have one of the most extensive eye clinics in Somerset and our team are well renowned in the fields of dry eyes, glaucoma and contact lenses.
At Earlam and Christopher we carry out a number of tests during your normal routine eye exam to ensure your vision is at its best. Some of these eye examination tests include:
A vision test performed to determine the smallest letters a patient can read on a standardized chart that is 6 metres (20 feet) away. 6/6 (20/20) vision is the average vision of a 40 year old.
This test allows us see how well your peripheral vision is performing. This is important in conditions such as glaucoma and strokes. We basically look at how sensitive the edge of your sight is. The tests determine the potential for blind spots (scotomas) occurring, which could indicate eye diseases.
Refraction is the method we use to work out the level of your vision (your refractive error) and what spectacle or contact lens power you need to correct your vision to the best level it can be. Typically people are
Short sighted (myopic) when you can see close up but far away is blurred
Longsighted (hyperopic) when your vision is usually better far away but close work is more tricky
Astigmatism where your eyes are similar in shape to a rugby ball
Presbyopic where your reading vision starts to deteriorate once you reach your early 40’s onwards
This part of an eye examination will reflect a special light onto the back of your eye. Based on the how the light reflects on your retina, we are able to calculate your refractive error.
This exam is sometimes used to determine a patient’s prescription without needing to ask you any questions. A chin rest will help stabilize your head while you look at a pinpoint of light. It is used to evaluate the way your retina focuses an image. Autorefractors are particularly useful in evaluating children’s’ eyes.
A slit-lamp examination uses a microscope with a light attached, which allows us to examine the structures at the front of the eye (cornea, iris and lens) under high magnification. We then use a special lens to focus the light onto the back of your eye so we can view the retina, macula and optic nerve. Some patients may have to have their eyes dilated allowing for a more efficient examination.
Glaucoma tests are performed to measure the pressure inside your eye. While there are a few variations of glaucoma tests, the most commonly used is the tonometer. Using a chin rest to help stabilise your head, you will look directly into the machine and the optometrist will put simple eye drops in your eyes and use a small probe with a blue light. We do not use the puff of air test you may be familiar with, as people often find this unnerving. The procedure is painless. Your eye’s pressure will be calculated based on your eye’s resistance to the probe.Contact Us Today for an Appointment
You’re never experience a more friendlier and professional eye test team than at Earlam and Christopher. We have two practices in Taunton and Langport. Our Taunton premises are open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm. Our Langport practice is open for clinics on Tuesday and Friday 9.00am to 5.30 pm and for enquiries from 10am to 12pm Monday to Friday.
It is advisable to make your appointment several days before hand unless it is an emergency.
We also invite any new patients to pay us a visit before they book so you can get a real flavour on how we operate and have a chance to look around our frames and glasses showroom.Have a Question? Contact Us
I felt let down and disappointed by previous opticians. When I found Earlam and Christopher I was really impressed by the level of care I received, and I love my fantastic new glasses.
A very professional practice, I know I am in expert hands.
I had tried contact lenses elsewhere before and never been happy. Edward at Earlam and Christopher managed to fit me with lenses that actually work.
I got a bit of metal in my eye, and they saw me and removed if for me within an hour of me phoning the practice, and all on the NHS.
My mother has glaucoma and I had the 3D eye scan done and I was really impressed by how much it can detect.
I have had dry gritty eyes for years and Sarah is the first optician who has been able to make my eyes comfortable.
I particularly like the private dispensing room. I choose my glasses without other people watching me.
They have such friendly professional staff who took time to understand exactly what I wanted from my new specs.
|Eye Test or Service Description||At Clinics||Cost|
|NHS* sight test (*Check with our staff for NHS eligibilty)||Taunton & Langport||£NHS|
|Private eye test||Taunton & Langport||£44|
|OCT state of the art 3D eye scans||Taunton & Langport||£41|
|Private comprehensive eye exam with 3D eye scans||Taunton & Langport||£76|
|Full contact lens exam including sight test||Taunton & Langport||£75/£55 if NHS*|
|Contact lens Total Care Plan monthly d/d||Taunton & Langport||from £16 per month|
|Eye Dream Ortho-k trial including lenses||Taunton & Langport||£165|
|Dry / watery eye clinic||Taunton & Langport||£75 full assessment|
|Glaucoma clinic||Taunton & Langport||£85 full assessment £65 follow up|
|MPOD macula scans||Taunton & Langport||£25|
|NHS* acute eye problem service (ACES)||Taunton & Langport||£NHS*|
|Private Domiciliary Home Visits||NA||£120|