Eye Examination

Your optometrist will do various tests and procedures, depending on what your needs and symptoms are. A sight test will be included.

  • Sometimes, your optometrist may not be able to do all the tests and procedures during one appointment or may need to repeat a procedure. If so, they will ask you to come back for a follow-up appointment. You will not have to pay for this.
  • Your optometrist may give you eye drops to see inside your eyes more easily. You should not drive immediately afterwards.
  • Ask as many questions as you want about your eye examination. If there are any tests or procedures you don’t want, tell your optometrist. You can refuse any part of the examination.
  • Allow plenty of time for the examination. The eye test should take about 45 minutes and you may need more time for extra procedures or to choose glasses.
  • If you need help to get to your appointment because of an illness or disability, you can ask about a home visit.

Pre-Assessement tests

Autorefaction: gives us a rapid approximation of your distance spectacle prescription and curvature of the cornea. This is then printed out and scanned onto your record.

FDT visual field screening: a fast assessment of your central visual field, aiding in the detection of Glaucoma and other conditions affecting the visual field.


R Doig Optometrists are very proud to be part of NHS Scotland and can offer all general ophthalmic services; including the NHS free eye examination.

R Doig Optometrists strive to offer the best available diagnostic tests. We continually invest in making sure we can offer then latest technology. This is provided outwith the free NHS examination and is available for an affordable fee. Discounting is available if multiple scans are advised.

These additional tests/scans help with clinical decision making and management. They also greatly assist in referrals on to secondary eye care within the Hospital Eye Service. They are often necessary in determining the urgency of referral; sometimes in aiding Mainland-based ophthalmologists deciding whether immediate transfer to a Mainland Hospital is required.

Corneal Topography: 3D mapping of the corneal surface (the clear tissue at the front of the eye). Very useful for making sure that a contact lens fitting can be accurately assessed. It can also be used to monitor disease of the corneal surface. This is included in contact lens fitting fees. If done separately for a report it is an additional £15.

Ocular Coherence topography or OCT: 3D mapping of the central retina using light interference patterns. For monitoring macular conditions and optic nerve health. Aiding diagnosis of Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma, as well as many other conditions. We have OCTs in Stornoway and Balivanich. Fee currently £25

OptoMAP: This is an ultra-wide retinal scanning camera that was invented and made in Scotland. Most cameras only see a 45-degree field of the retina (the seeing inner lining of the back of the eye). The OptoMAP technology offers a 200-degree field, utilising a laser scan of your retina. It can often identify and accurately record retinal disease that can be difficult to observe with conventional methods. Fee currently £25

Premium Eye Examination Fees (PEE): Annual – Biennial

Includes all tests performed in a standard NHS eye examination plus OCT & OptoMAP – £35.

This is the most comprehensive eye examination we offer.

We also offer our Premium Eye Examination on a Direct Debit scheme:

Annual PEE – £4 a month
Biennial PEE- £2 a month

The Annual and Biennial PEEs also give the security of receiving any necessary scans or tests as often as clinically necessary throughout the period.

If you are in receipt of NHS benefits, scan costs will be reduced by £10