To help protect and preserve your vision, we have excellent equipment to help us observe and record the condition of both the back and the front of your eyes ( we are one of the few practices in the area with this type of equipment). This is advantageous in monitoring changes over time and for referral where needed.
Often our equipment is the same as would be found in a hospital eye department; we can offer the same level of assessment, allowing for accurate monitoring of conditions and referral where appropriate.
Having close working relations with some of the best eye surgeons in the North West of England and when necessary can get you priority consultations with the right expert for your eye problem.
Common Eye Complaints
Dry Eye, Watery Eye or Blepharitis Clinic Need relief from gritty, sore, red eyes? Or are your eyes prone to watering? A full front of eye assessment including a check of the drainage channels will identify the cause and allow appropriate treatment.
Dry eye is often treated by adding lubrication either in the form of drops, gels or creams. Appropriate dietary supplements can improve tear quality in the longer term. Sometimes keeping the natural tear in the eye for longer can provide relief – this can involve inserting a tiny plug into the drainage channel. Often a combination of strategies needs to be considered.
Blepharitis: is inflammation of the eyelids that can be chronic and recurrent. As such, it needs regular attention to keep it in check to prevent miserable, red eyes and swollen, puffy eyelids. It is a common complaint that is often mistreated. It is associated with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Rosacea (which may need systemic medication to resolve). EyeBags can be very useful to use on a regular basis.
AMD Risk Assessment: often eye conditions develop slowly (this is the case in the more common type of macular degeneration) and in the early stages, changes can be subtle and not readily seen in a standard NHS eye test. Utilising modern imaging techniques and risk assessment analysis, early macular disease changes can be detected and action taken to preserve visual quality. This involves using instrument technology that has only recently become available – the Zeiss Visucam 200, which measures macular pigment. ‘ A low level of macular pigment is an important risk factor for AMD, the largest cause of blindness in the Western world’. We are the only opticians in the North West of England with this exciting technology, which will help us to help you protect your vision. Ask about Macular Pigment Screening.
Glaucoma – is generally a slowly progressing loss of nerves fibres that allow sight information to be sent to the brain. Glaucoma is not a single disease process and, because of this, early detection can be difficult. It is estimated that up to 40% of nerve fibre loss is needed before you can notice the effect in your vision. The use of modern equipment and measuring techniques help to pinpoint the condition at an earlier stage, permitting appropriate treatment and preservation of vision. Unfortunately, this technology is not always available in an NHS eye test.
Immediate family members (over 40yrs of age) of glaucoma sufferers are allowed free NHS eye testing and this can be topped up to an Extended Eye Exam to include more in-depth assessments for earlier detection.
Cataracts – are common as we get older and can affect the vision in different ways and at different rates. Generally, vision becomes reduced for reading, seeing faces across the road more difficult, glare becomes a problem both during the day and driving at night, colours become more washed out appearing less black & white (more shades of grey). As this usually only happens slowly, the early indications can be missed and it’s not until vision is quite severely degraded that the problem is noticed by the patient. Modern surgery is very successful in restoring vision to the clarity of previous years.
Diabetes – is becoming relatively common (currently about 1 in 10 of the population with around half of sufferers undiagnosed) with longer life and more sedentary lifestyles. It can have a serious impact on vision and accounts for the majority of partial sight registration within the working population. Diabetics are entitled to more regular eye checks and (if provided by your PCT) annual diabetic retinal screening. Although drugs can help in the control of diabetic eye problems, life style changes can be far more effective in the longer term. So as with many eye problems, general health issues affect eye health.