Joseph

Hayes

Opticians

Tel: (01743) 354468 / 368235  |  Email: jh.optic@hotmail.co.uk

Many people are initially a bit apprehensive about eye examinations and contact lens fitting, so here is a bit of information to (hopefully !) ease your minds....

The Eye Examination:

There are four main aims of an eye examination:

 

1.   To check up on the health of the eye

2.   To check that the level of vision achieved is sufficient to comfortably perform tasks that you undertake - eg driving, school / college, computer use, sports etc

3.   To establish if there is a need for a (new) spectacle prescription

4.   To address any concerns that you may have regarding your sight or the health of your eyes

 

Many people assume that because they feel they can see adequately, their eyes must be alright - sadly this is quite often not the case. Many people also assume that we will try to "sell them glasses" - we pride ourselves on our professionalism, and as a small family business we would like to both see you return in the future and hopefully recommend us to your friends, so you can be rest assured that we will not suggest glasses unless we genuinely feel they would be of benefit to you

 

During the eye examination itself we will initially ask a few questions to lead us in the right direction during the examination. For example, is there a family history of eye problems or disease ? Are you on medication ? Do You drive a car or operate a computer terminal ?    
  
We then perform various checks to establish the level of vision in each eye, whether a problem exists and if so, what we need to do to correct it. We also carefully examine the inside of each eye with a gadget called an ophthalmoscope to check that it is healthy, and with adults, usually monitor the pressure inside the eye, to check for a condition called Glaucoma.
  
We also offer a retinal imaging service. This enables us to take a photograph of the retina at the back of the eye, and we will normally be doing this routinely every few years on most patients over 30. (If you would specifically like to take advantage of this service, please make this known to a member of staff when checking in for your appointment) It is completely painless, does not touch the eye, and does not usually require drops to be administered. It enables us to examine the retina in tiny detail and to monitor any changes that may occur in the future. Most people are amazed when they see their own retina on screen - it's not something you get to see very often ! As these images are confidential, we only store them with your patient records, and we do not make them available to anyone else


To finish the eye examination, we will then discuss our finding with you, and make any recommendations we feel appropriate. If glasses are necessary, we will then advise you of all the options, frame, lens and pricewise


Our current fee for an eye examination is £35.00


We are happy to offer (free) NHS eye examinations to all eligible groups, including Children and Young People under 19 in full time education, Diabetics and Glaucoma patients, persons over 60, persons over 40 with an immediate family history of Glaucoma, persons registered blind or partially sighted, persons with "Complex" prescriptions, persons on various Income Benefits (please enquire for details) 



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The retina at the back of the eye is totally unique. It is different in each eye, and even identical twins have different retinal appearances. An Optometrist can glean a lot of information from viewing this, not only about the health of the eye, but about the general health of the individual also

Unlike many Opticians, we make no extra charge for the Retinal Imaging service. If, however, you would like your own copy of the photos, for £5.00 we can email them to you

Dry eye is an increasing problem in todays world - air conditioning, central heating and computer use all contribute - giving rise to sore, gritty, often red and (somewhat bizarrely) watery eyes. There are many solutions to this problem.

For heavy users of electronic devices, TV's, tablets, computers, phones etc., there are "Blue Control" lens coatings available now that help considerably with this phenomenon

There are also numerous very effective forms of over-the-counter eye drops that can re-wet, re-lubricate and refresh tired, sore eyes

A recent innovation is the "Eye Bag". This is a fabric, flax-filled eye mask, that is microwaved for 30 seconds then applied to the (closed) eyes for 10 minutes. This softens the natural oils and greases in the meibomian glands of the eyelids, which tend to solidify and clog in time. This heating should be followed by massaging of the eyelids. This process is excellent for the treatment of Dry Eye, Grittiness, Burning, Transient Smeariness of Vision, Blepharitis and Styes and Cysts

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The Contact Lens Assessment and Checkup:

 

Most, but not all, people nowadays can wear contact lenses if they wish. The Contact Lens Assessment is a one-off appointment for people who have either not previously worn lenses or are lapsed wearers, and its aim is primarily to check a person's suitability to wear lenses. We check a variety of things from the likely usage the lenses will get (everyday / weekends / sports / going out etc.,) to the efficacy and quality of the tear film covering the surface of the eye

 

If everything looks satisfactory, we will usually then teach you how to insert, remove and handle the contact lenses. We cannot allow you to take lenses home until we are happy that you can insert and remove them competently and without help. We will give you full instruction regarding cleaning (if appropriate) and the length of time you can wear your lenses to begin with. We can usually then let you take a pair of lenses (to your prescription) home with you, and we will normally want to see you again in about a week to check how the lenses and eyes have settled down. If we need to change lens type, or tweak the prescription to better suit your lifestyle and working day, that will be done at this follow-up check

 

Following the initial assessment and supply of lenses, we recommend that your lenses should be checked at least annually. If you choose to partake in one of our contact lens replacement schemes, these annual checkups (and any additional contact lens checks required in the interim) are covered on the scheme

 

All our staff are very knowledgeable about contact lenses and are happy to run through any aspect of lens wear and care that you wish

 

Our current fee for a Contact Lens Assessment is £35.00

Our current fee for a Contact Lens Checkup (includes £5 off your next lens order) is £30.00 (NB this is FREE if you are on one of our contact lens replacement schemes)