We appreciate how an eye exam for a three year old differs to the eye exam of a 50 year old and since our patient age ranges from little children all the way to those aged over 100 our practice is equipped for all.
Young ones can profit from our special interactive eye examination, which use colourful pictures to keep the attention of the child for much longer as well as performing an eye test on those who cannot yet read.
Field Test and Retinal Photography
There are a variety of special tests available at our practice such as field test and retinal photography. Our digital retinal camera allows us to take detailed photographs of the rear surface of the eye. This is a very accurate diagnostic tool allowing us a greatly magnified view making it easier to detect any problems. We save all these images and are able to compare images in order to monitor any changes or forward to relevant specialist.
As well as detecting the presence of a wide range of eye conditions such as cataract, macular degeneration and glaucoma, our examinations are also designed to check on general conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
The DVLA will at times require you to have a field test to test your peripheral vision to see if you are safe to drive. We carry out this test with a special machine.
NEW! 3D OCT
Major medical conditions can be found by simply examining your eyes. We have recently invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment that can detect a number of common eye conditions, such as glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy, during a routine eye test. This piece of equipment is called a 3DOptical Coherence Tomography system (3D OCT).
What is OCT? Ocular Coherence Tomography is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to reveal the many layers that make up the back of the eye. This particular 3D OCT unit captures a digital photograph of the inner surface of the eye at the same time, so that areas of concern identified by the scan, can be cross referenced with the classic view of the back of the eye that we see. In other words, if you are looking at an iced cake before it has been sliced, you don’t know if it contains jam, cream or chocolate layers; equally if it’s lumpy or smooth. With this unique NON-INVASIVE technology we are able to see both the surface of the back of your eye (the top of the cake) and a three dimensional image of the layers that are beneath the surface.
Eye Care Plan
After telling you how important your eyes are and how well we can look after them, to conclude we would also like to mention how affordable we have made it. We offer a range of Eye care schemes, for a small fee, tailored to your needs. Please pick up a leaflet or speak to a member of staff with how we can help you.
Private & NHS
We offer free eye examinations completely paid for by the NHS if you are eligible. Such categories may include children, those over age 60 and diabetics. We usually allow 20 minutes for an NHS eye examination and we use standard NHS equipment to complete this examination. The NHS Sight Test does not include all the essential examinations which are routinely carried out in our practice, such as field test and retinal photography. Therefore we recommend an upgrade to a private eye examination. Please speak to us with regards to cost.
Cataracts along with wrinkles are very often an unfortunate side effect of us getting older. Cataract is the yellowing of the tiny lens in our eye. Everyone over the age of 60 years has some degree of yellowing but some people are more affected than others. There are some preventative measures, such as eating healthily, not smoking, protecting our eyes from harsh sunlight and even take supplements.
We can advise you on all that as well as help you with cataracts that have developed. Sometimes change in spectacle prescription will improve the eyesight but on those occasions where this is not enough, Simon works closely with ophthalmic surgeons and will refer you to their care if necessary.
Glaucoma is another ailment that plagues many of us as we get older. It is thought that over 1% of the population aged over 40 are affected by it and the risk is higher if there is a family history.
Unfortunately Glaucoma’s early stages are difficult to notice as there might not be any symptoms, therefore it is crucial to have regular checkups as there are various tests we perform to establish the health of your eyes. The good news is, should Glaucoma be diagnosed, there are now many modern treatments available to arrest or slow the progress and thus saving your eye sight.