Eye examinations and the enhanced options we can offer

We want to make sure that the focus and quality of your vision is the best it can be. To do that we use various systems to find the optimal lens combination to give you the clearest vision for your various tasks.

More importantly, we want to make sure this vision lasts. So we do various tests to check the health of your eyes and record our findings to compare against in the future. If these tests show abnormalities we would refer you for appropriate treatment.

How many tests and examinations do we do?  This varies on the type of appointment booked.

We offer an NHS appointment for eligible patients. There is no charge for this appointment. But the NHS is very strict about how often these tests can be done when funded by them. At this type of appointment we have a shorter time slot and do not offer retinal photography (except to most diabetic patients who come under a separate scheme within the NHS).

We will use care, listen to your symptoms, examine the eye and do sufficient checks to make sure the eye is safe or refer to your GP for further investigation.

Sometimes, if a potential problem is identified, we can do further checks that might enable us to rule that problem out. A classic example would be a concern about macular degeneration where an OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) image would enable us to make an appropriate decision to not refer as we could rule out the possibility of serious “wet” changes. We generally have to charge for such extra investigation as the NHS does not currently fund it.

Information is also available from the National Health Service regarding NHS sight funded tests.

Since the start of eye examinations, opticians would look in the eye and note down what they had seen. In the 1990s we were one of the very first opticians to offer the option of retinal photography. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and a retinal photograph certainly gives an awful lot more information. It also enables us to compare your retina at subsequent examinations so we can spot any significant changes. For many patients we now have 12 or more sets of images to compare.

The NHS will pay for retinal photography for diabetic patients (as they consider it best practice), but won’t fund it for non-diabetic patients.

Our standard private examination or NHS Enhanced examination includes retinal photography unless there is a reason not to take photographs.  With this option there is a longer time slot to enable a greater time for examinations above an NHS appointment and a longer discussion time.

In 2009 we were very proud to take delivery of an OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) machine. This expensive and state-of-the-art equipment reflects our commitment to invest very seriously in the best technology available.

The OCT machine gives a retinal photograph – as the camera does – but it also shows a much greater level of detail. That allows us to look not just at the surface of the retina but to examine the different layers within it.

This amazing instrument is now regarded as invaluable in the assessment of macular conditions in the Hospital Eye Service. It also gives intensive data about the nerves (of particular importance in glaucoma) and the ability to plot and show trends of change over a period of time.

OCT scans are particularly recommended if you have a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration and are aged over 40. We also recommend it for anyone over the age of 50 as the risk of conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and vitreous detachment all increase as you get older.

To understand more, take a look at our video explaining what a retinal camera and an OCT do.

 

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All our optometrists and dispensing opticians are individually registered with the General Optical Council.

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If you are in need of an eye test or are suffering from any eye problems then contact us either by tel: 0161 794 2454, or book an appointment, or send us a message today and we will be pleased to help you.