Eye Examinations and Contact Lens Assessments.
Enhanced Eye Health Examinations
Put your mind at rest with an extended eye examination giving diagnostic evaluation by an optometrist and clinical technician using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Optomap Laser Scanning of the back of the eye. This extended exam takes approximately 45 minutes and can show us many things that are not detected during a basic sight test . In addition we will take the time to discuss how you use your vision for both work and pleasure including any visual problems you are encountering. Frome here we can make lens and lifestyle recommendations to help you see clearly and look after your ocular health. Find out more here.
NHS funded Sight Test
The NHS Sight Test is available to eligible patients. It gives a basic eye health examination and establishes the ocular prescription. NHS funding sadly does not extend to the inclusion of Optomap Widefield Laser Scanning or Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Both of these additional examinations can be added to an NHS sight test for a small professional fee. Find out more here.
Contact lens fitting and aftercare
Are you wearing the very best contact lenses? Are your lenses comfortable? Are you happy with the vision you get with contact lenses? Are you interested to learn about modern contact lens fitting such as Ortho K and Myopia Management? Regular contact lens checks are important to ensure that you contact lenses stay comfortable and do not harm your eyes. Find out more here.
Enhanced Eye Health Examination
Your vision is precious!
Our Enhanced Eye Health Examinations is a comprehensive evaluation of your vision and ocular health lasting approximately 45 minutes. You will see both our optometrist and an optical technician who will conduct a battery of tests appropriate to your needs. We will:
- establish and prescribe your precise prescription
- discuss your specific requirements for glasses
- ensure your eyes are in tip top health and make any necessary referrals
- recomend additional therapies as required such as dry eye management or myopia control
- Make recomendations for spectacles based on your prescription and lifestlye
Using our Maestro Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) we will scan deep into the retinal structure for early signs conditions like glaucoma and age related degeneration. These scans can be compared over time to show progression of ocular concerns.
We will also look right to the edges of the retina using Optomap Widefield imaging. This takes picture of the back of the eye giving a view similar if not better than that obtained with pupil dilation. We can therefore visualize the outer edges of the retina seeing things that we would not see during a basic test – and without the need for stinging drops and blurred vision for hours afterwards
The Enhanced Eye Health Examination includes
- History and symptom assessment
- refraction – assessment of your prescription
- External eye examination by slit lamp biomicroscopy
- Internal eye examination by indirect slit lamp biomicroscopy
- Intraocular pressure assement by ICare or Goldmann tonometry
- Suprathreshold visual field testing
- Topcon Maestro Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning
- Optomap Wide Field Retinal Imaging
- Anterior Eye OCT assessment where indicated
- Discussion of our findings and recommendations
- Referral for further investigations if deemed necessary
- Ocular health and nutrition advice
At the end of your Extended Eye Health Examination, our optometrist will discuss their findings and recommendations with you. They will clearly explain both the purpose and the results of the tests that you have undergone before making recommendations.
You can spread the cost of your eyecare by becoming a member of our Eyeplan. Benefit from the reassurance brought by the Enhanced Eye Health Exam for the price of a pint of milk a week. Find out more here.
Optical Coherence Tomography – OCT
Optical Coherence Tomography – An OCT creates a 3D image of the back of your eye (the retina) and allows the optometrist to look at multiple layers in microscopic detail. To create the 3D image the OCT uses a laser light to scan your retina. Nothing touches or blows on your eye.
The scans can be compared to a cake. When we look into the eye, we normally see icing on the cake – the retinal surface. With OCT we can take a slice out of the cake to see all the different layers that make up the retina, focus on a certain sections and pinpoint any unhealthy changes or abnormalities.
We recommend that every patient has an initial baseline OCT scan. An OCT scan is particularly useful for any patients who have concerns of Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration .
The Optomap Retinal Exam – view the peripheral retina without dilation
The Optomap Retinal Exam provides a panoramic view of the back of a person’s eye (the retina). This panoramic view displays over 80% of the retina at one time. The Optomap captures its image in only 1/4 of a second which even light sensitive patients find acceptable. The panoramic view allows the optometrist to view the retina without discomfort to the patient allowing for a more comfortable retinal exam.
For Whom is the Optomap Recommended?
Optomap is great for everybody including children.
NHS Sight Tests
The NHS Sight Test is the basic test available to eligible NHS patients.
If you are entitled to the NHS Sight Test, you can still access the additional beneﬁts included in our Private Enhanced Eye Examination. Our optometrists would always recommend this.
Problems with your contact lenses? – We are here to help!
Many people wear contact lenses but are not 100% happy with their experience. Irritations can include
- uncomfortable dry eyes – especially towards the end of the day
- vision not being as good as you would like it to be
- problems reading small print
- reduced wearing times
We fit and supply both soft and gas permeable (rigid) contact lenses as well as specialty lenses such as Ortho K and ChromaGen which can help colour identificalion in colourblind individuals
Specialty Contact Lenses
We fit and supply the following specialty contact lenses including Night Lenses, Chromagen and NaturalVue.
NaturalVue for myopia management
NaturalVue Multifocal 1 Day contact lenses are clinically effective for myopia progression control and are an excellent option in slowing the progression of myopia in children.
Chromagen contact lenses for colourblindness
Until recently, there has been no effective treatment for colour vision deficiency, and patients have had to make adjustments in the real world, such as judging traffic lights by their relative position, rather than seeing the lights as different colours.
ChromaGen is a range of soft contact lenses that have been developed to enhance colour perception and identification in people who have “colour blindness”. Successful ChromaGen subjects perceive an enhancement in their colour vision with a high degree of satisfaction. A high percentage of the subjects reported significant improvements in colour naming.
Non surgical perfect vision – Freedom from glasses and day lenses.
The four main options for vision correction are glasses, day lenses, night lenses and laser refractive surgery.
Night Lenses are contact lenses that you pop in at bedtime and your sight is corrected naturally while you sleep. Wake to perfect 20/20 vision – remove the night lenses and have a normal day without needing daytime lenses, glasses or laser surgery.
The effect lasts for 24 hours – repeat every night. And yes, they can also stabilise Myopia (short sight) in children, which is linked to long term eye disease. It’s the ‘sounds too good to be true’ innovation that everyone is talking about.
How do night lenses work?
The process is called Orthokeratology shortened to ‘Ortho-K’. Myopia (short sight) makes the eye like an oval rugby ball – too long so light focuses in the wrong place, causing blur. Every night your cornea (the window of the eye) naturally sheds it’s outer layer of cells. While you sleep the new cells form into the mould of your custom fit night lens, creating a ‘round’ eye that focuses perfectly. Remove the lenses in the morning for clear sight. No need for glasses, daytime lenses or laser eye surgery. The process is harmless and reverses every night – simply repeat every night as part of your routine just as you would with daytime lenses.
“Night lenses changed my life”
The latest innovation everyone’s talking about! A life changing contact lens that gives you freedom from glasses, day lenses & laser surgery. Open your eyes underwater, ditch sports glasses, go onto the beach and into the sea without hassle, watch teenage confidence grow and lives transformed. They also halt myopia progression in children – deteriorating short sight linked to eye disease later on in life. The future of eyecare can be to have anything on your face or in your eyes during the day.
Why choose Night Lenses?
No more glasses or day lenses. No need for laser surgery. Confidence. Less hassle.
Whether it’s being able to see underwater, play sports without rain splattered specs or the fear of losing your lens, working without dry eyes or irritation from dust and dirt, controlling your child’s myopia, gaining confidence … pick your reason.
Am I suitable for Night Lenses?
If you are myopic (short-sighted) by no more than – 5.00 Diopters and with low or no astigmatism, it could very well be for you. Unfortunately it is not suitable if you are long-sighted (Hypermetropic).
Night Lenses are good for people who:
- want clear natural vision
- want to be free from lenses for sports and outdoor activities for example water sports and boxing.
- do not want to undergo laser refractive surgery
- find that contact lenses do not fulfill their needs
- find it hard to wear lenses all day without discomfort
- suffer from hay-fever
- work in a very dusty, dry or smoky environment
- find spectacles and conventional lenses just a plain nuisance
- need to have a certain degree of uncorrected vision to satisfy their employers or licensing body (e.g. pilots, police).
How does it work?
Very simply, Night Lenses are specially designed breathable lenses that gently modify the shape of your cornea to allow you to see the same way as someone with normal vision. As they are worn overnight while you sleep, you don’t feel them.
Are Night Lenses safe?
Yes. Research and world-wide experience show that the whole process is safe and 100% reversible. So if you decide to stop or pause Night for any reason, the cornea will return to it’s original shape and you will see clearly with your glasses again. This makes Night Lenses an excellent alternative to laser surgery.
To find out more about contact lenses please call us on 01270 625 889