The majority of optometrists feel that for an eye exam to be completed to an acceptable standard, it should take 29 minutes, a study has found.
Research conducted by optometrist Christian Dutton and published on optometry.co.uk revealed that the industry standard of 20 minutes per eye exam was seen by 92 per cent of those working in the field as an insufficient amount of time.
"This study has highlighted the need for evidence-based research to determine an updated industry standard for eye examination duration," the website reports Mr Dutton as saying.
He went on to say that doing so would ensure practitioners have enough time to complete their professional obligations and that the profile of UK optometry could be raised as patients would be satisfied that their eye exam had been thorough and of good quality.
Just recently, David Scott-Ralphs, chairman of National Eye Health Week said that it was down to those working in the vision sector to stress to the general public the importance of regular eye tests.
by Adrian Galbreth