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health Do you have to be able to read to take an eye test?


by Rob Jones, Senior Optometrist at Royal Bournemouth Hospital and owner of Parley Optometrists


Surely in order to get an accurate test result from an eye examination you need to be able to read, right? - apparently not.


And what about those people who can’t read like children or those with reading difficulties or learning disabilities - how do they got on with an eye test?


Fortunately there are solutions available and a good optician should be able to offer a variety of solutions. Those who have invested in some of the later technology should be able to offer eye-tests using test-charts specifically designed for different needs.


Local Optometrist Rob Jones from Parley Optometrists, an opticians well known for it’s investment in some of the latest technology available, having been selected for various national technology awards points out that there are a number of options available;


“Our practice has invested in some of the latest equipment designed to make an eye examination straight forward, even for those who cannot read or those with communication problems or learning difficulties.” He goes on to say “by using simple matching techniques and a series of symbols or pictures, we can achieve very accurate results for people who previously would have struggled with traditional methods”.


This combined with the very latest imaging and scanning techniques used to examine the eyes health can lead to one of the most


Example of a pictoral test chart above and below - a young patient being tested


comprehensive eye-care facilities that you could hope to find in Dorset. NHS examinations are available and there are also a number of care plans, including a recently launched family plan that allows you to cover the whole of your family for comprehensive eye examinations and spectacles from as little as £20 per month.


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