Professional Family Eye Care
We are a General Optical Council registered practice and carry out all Eye Examinations in a thorough and unhurried manner, a typical appointment lasts 30 minutes and includes Clinical and Refractive assessments to ensure your eyes and any prescribed lenses work harmoniously together. We tailor your eye examination to your individual circumstances and take into account any problems you may be having with your vision, your own specific needs at home, work or play, and any concerns relating to any family history of eye problems in the past. Even if a child or patient is unable to read letters we have a multitude of tests to determine how well they can see and get an accurate result for their spectacles.
The Refraction part of the eye examination will tell us if you are Emmetropic, Myopic, Hypermetropic, Astigmatic, Presbyopic or any combination of these sight errors.
Emmetropia is the term used for people with normal vision. The light from a distant object is focused directly onto the retina forming a perfect image.
Myopia is the technical term for short sightedness where the image forms before reaching the retina causing blurred vision when looking into the distance.
Hypermetropia is the technical term for long sightedness where the image forms after reaching the retina and causes blurred vision when looking at close objects.
Astigmatism occurs when the image is distorted and forms an elongated blur on the retina and Presbyopia is the technical term for difficulty when reading, typically from the age of 45 onwards.
All these eyesight errors are easily corrected with spectacle or contact lenses. Our expert opticians will advise you on what are the best solutions to whatever vision problem you might have.
The Clinical tests we perform make sure that your eyes are healthy or enable us to detect any problems then address them with appropriate care and advice. Some of these tests may include Internal and External Examination of the eye, Ocular Balance and co-ordination, Eye Pressure, Visual Field Screening, Stereoscopic Acuity, Ophthalmoscopy and 3D OCT Screening.
For an explanation of these tests please click on the text links or see below:
INTERNAL EYE PRESSURE TESTS
Using a non contact tonometer, this test measures pressure within the eye. We do this to check for or monitor glaucoma.
VISUAL FIELD SCREENING
This can detect any neurological conditions such as glaucoma, this test checks your all round vision, paying particular attention to your peripheral sight.
This test will check the health of your eyes. The optometrist will shine a light through your pupil using an opthalmoscope which enables a clear view of the internal parts of the eye.
We are able to photograph the light sensitive membrane at the back of your eye to record and document any changes. This is especially useful with eye conditions such as diabetes or macular degeneration.
Using a hand held instrument we are able to get an accurate assessment of any refractive error. The retinoscope contains many small lenses which can be dialled in during this test to check for or confirm a prescription error.
optical coherence tomography
This is an additional routine using the latest technology to take a 3D scan at the back of the eye and allows for viewing of the individual layers within the retina.
The eye examiner will use a hand held retinoscope, which contains a multitude of lenses allowing the optician to inspect and confirm a close guide of your prescription. This devide is usually used with small children as it is easy to determine the prescription needed by asking you to read the test chart.
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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