Prior to your examination one of our clinical assistants will check your peripheral vision using a Humphrey Visual Field Analyser and the pressures in your eyes using a Non-contact Tonometer.
Examinations take between 20 to 30 minutes, the Optometrist will carry out a detailed sight test including a careful analysis of your visual problems and requirements.
Once these tests have been completed your Optometrist will check the inside of your eyes to assess the health of your eyes, these tests allow us to determine issues such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and signs of Diabetes.
Once you have seen the Optometrist and found out if you require glasses our Dispensing Optician will discuss the frames that are available to you and help you choose the right frame for you, once you have chosen the frame they will discuss with you the choices of lens type, these include Single Vision and Progressive Lenses, the material best suited for you these being a variety plastic and glass and finally the type of lens coating these include Anti-reflective coatings, UV coatings.
We pride ourselves in stocking a wide range of frames, these include a value range to more high end bespoke designer frames.
We supply all major brands – from dailies and monthlies to toric, multi-focal and extended wear lenses. Furthermore, we can advise you on the best contact lenses for your needs, always at competitive prices
OCT - Ocular Coherence Tomography - is an advanced eye scan similar to a ultrasound.
OCT uses light instead of sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up that back of your eye.
The OCT machine captures a fundus photograph and a cross sectional scan of the back of the eye at the same time.
There may be an additional charge for the OCT scan, but the benefits are obvious. This gives you piece of mind that comes from knowing your eyes are in great condition.
Using a Topcon state-of-the-art 3D OCT camera, your optometrist will take both a digital photograph and a three dimensional cross section of the back of your eye in one sitting. This allows us to instantly diagnose a number of common conditions.
This scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick.
Regular OCT Screenings can identify common conditions such as:
Age-related macular degeneration causes the gradual breakdown of the macular (the central portion of the eye) OCT can identify this and it's type (there are two types, wet and dry) it is the most common cause of vision loss in individuals over the age of fifty.
Diabetes diabetic retinopathy is a major cause of visual impairment among adults. Early detection of diabetes with a OCT screening greatly improves the success rate of treatment.
Glaucoma damages the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye. The danger with chronic glaucoma is that there is no pain and your eyesight will seem to be unchanged, but your vision is being damaged. An OCT screening will confirm if you are at risk, or indeed what stage of glaucoma you may have.
Macular holes these are small holes in the macular - the part of the retina responsible for our sharp, detailed central vision. There are many causes of macular holes, such as vitreous detachments and long exposure to sunlight.
Vitreous detachment Vitreomacular traction can be clearly diagnosed through OCT providing invaluable information about the current relationship between the vitreous and the retinal surface of the eye.
As people get older the vitreous jelly that takes up the space in our eyeball can change. It becomes less firm and can move away from the back of the eye towards the centre, in some cases parts do not detach and cause 'pulling' of the retinal surface. The danger of a vitreous detachment is that there is no pain and your eyesight will seem unchanged but the back of your eye mat be being damaged.
Free children’s glasses are available from a selected range.
Other ranges are available to choose from priced at £10 to £35 including frames and lenses.
Tomato Glasses are a range of light, comfortable and adjustable frames that are shape intelligent for newborn babies to 12 years old.
For the younger children we have a wide range of kids frames,
These include Disney's Frozen, Star Wars, Peppa Pig to name just a few.
For those older children looking for a more grown up look, we have a wide range of frames that offer style.