Clinical Services

The NHS Sight Test is the basic test available to eligible NHS patients. The NHS stipulates the minimum standards and tests that should be included in the NHS Sight Test.

If you are entitled to the NHS Sight Test, you can still access the additional benefits included in our Private Enhanced Eye Examination and the fee will be reduced by the amount received from the NHS (ask for details when booking). Our optometrists would always recommend this.

To find out more about NHS Sight Tests please click here

Regular eye examinations ensure that you have the best level of vision possible. They also give reassurance regarding your ocular health.

Our Enhanced Eye Health Examinations is a comprehensive evaluation of your ocular health lasting approximately 45 minutes.
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
  • Anterior Eye OCT assessment where indicated
  • Discussion of our findings and recommendations
  • Referral for further investigations if deemed necessary
  • Ocular health and nutrition advice

If you are entitled to the NHS Sight Test, you can still have the additional benefits included in our Enhanced Eye Health Examination and the fee will be reduced by the amount received from the NHS (ask for details when booking). Our optometrists would always recommend this.

To find out more about Enhanced Eye Health Examinations please click here

 

Optical Coherence Tomography – OCT, is a specialist scan that, until recently, was only found in specific hospitals across the UK. An OCT creates a 3D image of the back of your eye (the retina) and allows our trained optometrist to look at multiple layers of your retina in microscopic detail. To create the 3D image an OCT scan uses a laser to scan your retina, therefore nothing touches or blows on your eye, this means that we can use an OCT scan on everybody, no matter how old or young you are.

An OCT uses a scanning laser to examine the retina. It inputs the results of these scans into a piece of  computer software and the scans are converted into a fully interactive 3D image. The scans can be compared to a cake. When we look into the eye, we normally see only the surface of 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. This will be stored by our software and compared to any future OCT scans for minor, but significant changes to your retina. An OCT scan is particularly useful for any patients who have concerns of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and “Flashes and Floaters”.

OCT scanning is included within our Private Eye Examination fee and is available as an upgrade for NHS funded patients.

We are part of the Cheshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (CDESP). All diabetic patients are invited every year for Digital Retinal Screening by CDESP to detect signs of Diabetic Retinopathy.

This screening is important to detect early changes to the retina caused by diabetes. These changes have no visual symptoms and can only be treated if detected early.

After having an operation in hospital to remove a cataract, a follow-up appointment after 2-4 weeks to see that all is well and to decide if any further treatment is required. We are accredited to provide follow-up appointments for patients who have had cataracts removals on the NHS performed by Leighton Hospital. This appointment includes a sight test to see if any spectacles are required postoperatively.
Sometimes as a result of a sight test, patients are referred to Hospital for raised eye pressure. Some of these patients will be diagnosed with Glaucoma but many others are diagnosed as suffering from Ocular Hyper Tension (OHT). There is now a community monitoring programme which allows many of these patients to be monitored by their optometrist. patients attending Leighton Hospital or Victoria Infirmary Northwich for pressure monitoring who are not receiving any treatment for eye pressure may be eligible for community monitoring. Please ask for more information.

At Jacksons Opricians we provide a full contact lens fitting and aftercare service.Our principles of care and value extend through to our provision of contact lenses. We emphasise the importance of regular checkups and continued advice to all our contact lens patients. At the same time, we maintain our prices at a level which compete favourably with those you see on the internet. Our competitive packages have been developed to meet all of your contact lens needs in a straightforward and professional manner.