Professional Family Eye Care
To maintain optimum eye health it is important that regular eye examinations are performed as part of your regular health care regime. Our professionals will give your eyes the best examination possible by utilising the most up to date equipment during your eye examination to make sure that your eyes are healthy, or if there is a problem that we diagnose the problem early in order to begin the relevant treatment and manage the condition.
During an eye examination we can test for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, macular degeneration, or any other potential medical issue.
Many people take being able to see for granted but each day in the UK, more than 100 people begin to lose their vision. The RNIB revealed that many people who did not have regular eye examinations as part of their regular health care regime had harmful yet easy to diagnose eye problems went undetected - even though with an eye test these people could have had an early diagnosis.
On reaching a certain age (usually mid-forties onwards) people become aware of the symptoms of presbyopia when reading. The lens within your eye loses its elasticity causing a reduction in the ability to focus on near objects.
Presobyopia is a naturally occurring condition that can be rectified with glasses or contact lens prescriptions and usually involves bifocal or varifocal lenses.
Everybody's eyes change with age and sometimes the eyes lens become less clear. This can limit the light available to reach the retina in order to form the clear image and the light may also become scattered within the eye. The lens becomes cloudy or more opaque as the cataract develops but most people won't start developing these symptoms until their late 60's. The progression of a cataract can vary and if it starts to affect or limit your lifestyle, surgery is usually recommended. Occasionally trauma, radiation or diabetes can cause a cataract to develop earlier.
Floaters are grey particles that appear to move with your field of vision. The most common cause is the degeneration of the vitreous gel with the eye, the gel becomes more viscous and the fibres within the gel form larger ropes of fibres. With certain illumination the cast a shadow on the back of the eye, causing us to see shadows within our vision known as 'floaters'. Floaters are not harmful to our vision and are usually harmless, however regular eye checks are important, so your optician can check that their is no other underlying condition. If you have floaters appear suddenly, or if the amount of floaters increase rapidly, it is important to see your optician immediately.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a major cause of visual impairment in adults in the UK, more than 2 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Too much glucose in your blood for a long time can cause additional diabetic problems. High blood sugar over time can damage many parts of the body, like the heart, blood vessels, eyes and kidneys.
Retinal damage can happen over a long period of time and so you may be unaware that your vision is affected, making it extremely important that if you are diagnosed with diabetes you have regular eye checks. Diabetes can bring on other conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma, regular eye examinations are essential to keep optimum eye health
Glaucoma is elevated ocular eye pressure within the eye. This can cause damage to the optic nerve resulting in blind spots or tunnel vision. Many people are unaware that they have glaucoma until it is well developed as there is no pain or initial symptoms and your vision can deteriorate gradually. By having regular eye examinations glaucoma can be detected which when caught early can be treated with eye drops and prevent loss of vision.
The eye's macular enables you to see straight ahead and perform detailed visual work such as driving, reading or writing. When your macular (central retina) degenerates only your central vision will be affected, leaving peripheral vision unaffected. 90% of people with age related macular degeneration (AMD) have the 'dry' form where the pigment in your eye changes and central vision becomes less clear. Unfortunately there is currently no treatment for this but studies do indicate that vitamin supplements can be a benefit and also people who have a lot of green leafy vegetables in their diet are at a reduced risk of developing AMD. The wet form of AMD is where blood vessels grow into the macula and then haemorrhage, reducing your central vision. The wet form can be treated and new procedures are being developed all the time.
DRY EYE SYNDROME
Dry Eye Syndrome is usually the result of the tear film being unstable or deficient. usually breaking up causing the eye to become irritated and feeling uncomfortable. Treatment consists of lubricant drops and ointments; if necessary small plugs can be inserted into the tear drainage canals to prevent the tears from draining away.
Having an eye scan is simple and it brings peace of mind:
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The optometrist will scan your eyes using the state-of-the-art 3D OCT camera from Topcon
The high resolution 3D images are examined by the optometrists using specialist built-in analysis tools
The results are explained to you
Any future scans can be compared with previous ones for comparative diagnosis
OCCULAR COHERENCE TESTING
A state of the art 3D Optical Coherence Tomographer is the latest addition to the equipment we use as part of our eye examinations. This uses wavelengths of light to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of your eye.
The OCT machine captures both a photograph and a cross-sectional scan of the back of your eye at the same time. This is then stored on the computer as a permanent record we can compare against at future visits.
With 3D OCT screening the optician will be able to detect diseases such as:
Age related Macular Degeneration
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