We offer a full range of services at the practice. We examine your eyes for health and vision problems, diagnose and treat eye disease, and work with children and professionals to improve their performance by enhancing their vision and providing advice on preventive care.
Please see below for a comprehensive list of services.
As part of your sight test your optometrist will check what you can see close up and in the distance usually using special charts of symbols or letters. They will then work out whether you need glasses or a change of prescription with a series of tests using different lenses.
Every sight test is tailor-made depending on your needs. And, as well as an eye health check, a sight test might detect signs of underlying general health conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Everyone should have a sight test every two years, or more often if your optometrist recommends it.
A contact lens fitting is an appointment to assess your suitability for contact lenses.
In this appointment, the optometrist will ask you a series of questions relating to your lifestyle and will work out what lens type will suit you best.
Our optometrists will also carry out several checks which include:
- Examining the front surface of your eyes.
- Testing your vision on a chart.
- Taking measurements of the front surface of your eyes.
Once the optometrist has carried out all the necessary checks and selected the most suitable lens type and prescription for you, they will put a pair of lenses in your eyes for you to try, and give you important information on how to look after them.
Children need frequent eye tests because of the rapid development of their eyes in the first years of life. At least every twelve months is recommended in cases where spectacles are prescribed.
Eye tests for children are completely free.
Car drivers must meet the vision standards set by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
The optometrist will be able to tell you if you need a new prescription, whether you need to be referred to an ophthalmologist (eye doctor), or if you have a condition that should be declared to the DVLA.
The service is designed for recently occurring medical eye conditions such as:
- Red eye/s or eyelids.
- Significant recent discharge from or watering of the eye.
- Irritation and inflammation of eye/s or eyelids.
- Stye – infection at the edge of the eyelid.
- Tear dysfunction – dry eye.
Our optometrists will be able to diagnose night blindness.
Symptoms of nyctalopia include; weak vision in dim light, difficulty seeing when driving at night and slow reaction time between bright and dim light conditions. Driving at night can be a particular challenge, due to the intermittent presence of headlights and streetlights on the road.
A visual field test charts how wide an area you can see and how sensitive your vision is within this area. If your eyesight is variable, or you are having treatment, then serial testing over a period of time may be able to monitor your progress.
The test is not designed to see whether you need glasses. The visual field test assesses whether your vision is being affected by the function of the eye, nerves and brain, rather than how well your eyes focus.
There are several quick and painless tests that can be carried out by our optometrists if they suspect you have glaucoma after a routine eye test.
- An eye pressure test (tonometry) uses an instrument called a tonometer to measure the pressure inside your eye.
- Gonioscopy is an examination to look at the front part your eye, the fluid-filled space between the coloured part (iris) and the clear window of the front of the eye (cornea).
- A visual field test (sometimes called perimetry) checks for missing areas of vision.
- Optic nerve assessment: the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, can become damaged in glaucoma, so an assessment may be carried out to see if it is healthy.
Cataracts are when the lens, a small transparent disc inside your eye, develops cloudy patches.
Over time, these patches usually become bigger, causing blurry and misty vision and eventually blindness.
Our optometrists will do a series of eye tests, including a visual acuity exam, which measures how well you see at various distances.
If your optometrist thinks you have cataracts, you may be referred to an ophthalmologist for further tests and treatment.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition. It is the disturbance of the macula, the part of the retina that controls how well we can see detail in front of us—as opposed to seeing things in our periphery. AMD is a leading cause of legal blindness in people age 65 and over.
Macular Degeneration is a growing concern as the population ages. Decreased macular pigment optical density is a leading risk factor in the development of macular degeneration.
A macular pigment optical density test is advised in high risk cases.
You will be checked by our optometrists with our own patented device for measuring macular pigment.
It is used to screen for eye diseases and can be used to compare to images taken in future examinations. If a condition or disease is found, the doctor will repeat the test with a higher resolution and higher quality test, called fundus photography.
This technique is not included in a routine eye test as it is outside the scope of a normal eye examination. Sometimes but not always, drops are required to dilate the pupil in order to capture a high quality image. There may be a small charge for this service.