Eye Examinations and Contact Lens Assessments.
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.
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.
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.
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