Comprehensive, tailored eye examinations

Each examination is as unique as the patient; tests will be performed to suit your individual needs, symptoms or specific visual requirements. In order to enable this level of individuality and clinical detail, all examinations are private; NHS eye exams are not available at the practice. All examinations meet the requirements of the Opticians Act (1989) for an eye examination or contact lens assessment.

 

Vision testing

A digital letter chart is used to offer greatest flexibility of testing. A traditional trial frame with glass lenses are used to measure your prescription as these best replicate the finished product should you need spectacles.

 

Eye examination

A high-powered slit lamp biomicroscope is used to examine the health of your eyes. This enables a detailed and clear view of both the outside and inside of your eyes. The slit lamp has been fitted with an additional viewing eyepiece which is not a standard fitting; this allows a high-resolution camera to be attached to the microscope in order to photograph or film the health of your eyes.

 

General health

Your eyes provide a unique insight to your general health, particularly the cardiovascular system. As well as a detailed examination of the retinal blood vessels, you will have your blood pressure and pulse oximetry measured to give a better insight into your general health. On average, people attend to see their optometrist much more frequently than their GP, so a regular blood pressure check is very useful.

 

Eye pressure

A hospital-standard instrument is used to measure the pressure in your eyes. This test gives the most accurate reading of the pressure and doesn’t involve a puff of air being blown into your eye.

 

Retinal photographs

A specialised camera takes a full colour photograph of the back of your eye. This enables long-term monitoring of your eye health as subtle changes over time can be seen in much greater detail. The camera is also an approved model to perform the NHS Diabetic Retinopathy Screening service.

 

Peripheral vision

A hospital-standard instrument is used to assess your peripheral vision. The Humphrey Visual Field Analyser is used in hospital eye departments to monitor conditions such as diabetes and glaucoma. The instrument has specialised algorithms built-in which aid with the early detection of glaucoma. It is also possible to perform the specialised Estermann test for those requiring a DVLA peripheral vision assessment.

 

Contact lenses

The practice is equipped with the instruments required for measuring the curvature of the front of the eye to order and fit contact lenses. All types of contact lenses can be fitted, from daily disposable, coloured cosmetic and monthly lenses through to specialist lenses such as rigid gas permeable (or ‘hard’) lenses and therapeutic lenses for keratoconus.

 

Second opinions, referrals and discussions

Sometimes, people just wish to have a second opinion for their own peace of mind, or to have something explained to them. It is extremely important that you understand what is going on with your eyes and that all your questions are answered. Appointment timings are such that you shouldn’t feel rushed and that enough time will be spent to ensure that you are happy with your understanding of your eyes. It is also important that you feel comfortable talking about any aspect of your eye health, so feel free to discuss subjects such as laser eye surgery and other elective procedures that you may have heard of. If a referral is necessary, you will be put in touch with the most appropriate person (either NHS or private).

 

Specialised examinations

Babies and young children: Dedicated paediatric vision tests are available so that babies and small children can be fully assessed in the clinic. The tests are designed so that children don’t even need to give a verbal response, so knowledge of letters, words or sounds is not necessary.

Dry and watering eyes: Assessments of the eyelids and tear film can reveal underlying problems with the tear film which can lead to either dry, scratchy eyes or very water eyes (commonly, and confusingly, referred to as ‘dry eye’). The treatment regimes for these can vary, and include home treatments as well as non-invasive clinic procedures and the most appropriate tests will be chosen based on your examination.

Reading difficulties and dyslexia: Some children can really dislike reading and suffer academically, whilst others can be diagnosed as having dyslexia. These children should be checked for ‘visual stress’; a perceptual phenomenon which makes the appearance of text and reading material unpleasant and non-engaging. In situations of visual stress, it has been shown that using coloured overlays and filters can help with this discomfort. This requires an in-depth assessment of vision, to rule out any other underlying issues with the eye muscles and specialist reading tests that can measure whether the use of overlays improves reading ability.

Research: As an active and keen researcher, there are studies taking place at the practice. It is vital that such research takes place in order to enable the profession to improve and offer greater levels of care to patients. As well as being eligible for cutting-edge tests which aren’t performed elsewhere, it is a fantastic opportunity to help the eyecare improve for all.

 

Comprehensive eye examination* £45.00
Contact lens examination £35.00
Comprehensive child's eye examination* £25.00
Binocular vision / coloured overlay assessment £30.00
*Examinations are inclusive of all components as required in accordance with The Optician's Act (1989), plus all further diagnostic tests and imaging as individually required




 

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