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Ridlingtons Opticians has a full-equipped on-site eye testing laboratory in Carshalton where our qualified optometrist spends a full 30 minutes assessing your eyes and personal needs.

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020 8647 4321

What happens during an eye test?

By carefully interpreting any symptoms or history you may have, an Optometrist is able to carry out a series of examinations and measurements to determine your optical requirements and asses the general health of your eyes. In certain circumstances equipment may be used to assess your eye pressures, visual fields, colour vision etc.


How often should I have a Sight Test?

Ridlingtons recommend that you have your eyes examined every 2 years. Certain medical conditions require monitoring more frequently, and hence yearly examinations are recommended in these instances. All contact lens wearers require yearly appointments which are obligatory in order to renew your annual contact lens prescription.


Should I wear my glasses when I use a VDU screen?

If you wear glasses generally, your eyes will feel more comfortable wearing your glasses on a VDU but make sure you take regular breaks. Inform the Optometrist that you are a VDU operator and she/he will be able to offer you advice regarding the benefits of anti-reflective coatings for VDU use.


How long does it take you make up my spectacles?

As almost all of our spectacles are assembled in our own workshop, it may take as little as 1/2 hour to complete, although if you request tints or other specialised lenses then it may take an extra day or so before they are ready.


Can I have my lenses made thinner?

Thanks to modern developments in lens manufacture and choice of materials it is often possible to have your lenses upgraded to a higher index which will make the lenses flatter and thinner.


Should I have plastic or glass?

Glass lenses tend to be thinner and are more resistant to scratching but tend to be heavier. Plastic lenses are lighter and have almost treble the impact resistance of glass lenses.


Does wearing glasses/contact lenses make my eyes worse?

In short...this is a myth. Once upon a time your vision was perfect but as your vision changes, you get used to what can only be described as 'soft focus'. Your new corrective lenses or spectacles put things into 'HD' mode. When you take off your glasses you then will appreciate that you have got used to soft focus and not realised this to be the case.


I wear contact lenses. Should I have to have spectacles too?

Without a doubt yes...everyone is at risk of eye infections and other eye problems that may mean you have to leave off wearing your lenses temporarily. e.g. hay fever sufferers, or even a simple cold can make wearing lenses less comfortable.


I only want contact lenses for odd occasions, not all the time. What then?

At Ridlingtons, we will advise you of the best contact lenses to fulfil your requirements. Daily disposable contact lenses are particularly handy when travelling.


How long does it take to begin using contact lenses?

We stock a good range of trial lenses allowing us to assess you. However, insertion and removal of lenses can be tricky so if you are new to contact lenses, a practical handling session will be required before commencing wear. Our instructors are very patient and they may need to help you with several sessions of tuition before you are allowed begin use outside the practice. Most people are up and running in just a few days.


What if I want to be able to sleep in my contact lenses?

Unless our Contact Lens fitter has specifically said that your contact lenses are suitable for sleeping in you should not do this. Having said that, certain designs are licenced for sleeping in and we can happily supply you with these types of lenses if you decide that this is a good option for you.


What are the requirements for driving?

You must be able to read a standard number plate on a motor vehicle, in good light, from a distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet). The minimum field of vision for safe driving is defined as 120 degrees wide and 20 degrees both above and below the horizontal. Our Optometrist will advise you if you meet these requirements or not, and then it is your responsibility to inform your insurance and DVLA if you do not.


What are photochromic lenses?

These are lenses which change from a relatively clear state to dark sunglass tint when exposed to UV radiation such as when the sun comes out. They do not react to artificial light but daylight only.


What are polarised lenses?

These are specialised tinted lenses that eliminate reflected light from surfaces in addition to direct glare from bright objects. This is very useful for fishermen who have to see through the surface of the water, while having to ignore annoying reflections. They are also of benefit to skiers and sailors.

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On-site eye testing laboratory in Carshalton