Eyecare Services | Eye Examinations
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EYECARE

Eyecare

An eye test could be the most important 30 minutes of your year. If it’s your first one, let us talk you through it.

Why is the health of your eyes important?

Whether you’re born short-sighted or you can still see high aircraft clearly well into your 70s, everyone’s eyesight deteriorates over time. If you think you’ve reached the point where your sight is starting to affect your daily life and are, understandably, unsure of the latest options on offer, we hope this regularly updated step-by-step guide will answers a few questions.

It goes without saying we all want to look great in our new specs or contact lenses (and we can certainly help you with this) but let’s talk about your eye health first.

If you can’t find what you need here, don’t hesitate to drop us an email and we’ll get back to you within a day or two. Or give us a call – our details are in the Contact Us section.

What is an eye examination and do I need one?

There’s more to an eye examination than simply checking your vision. We also investigate the health of your eyes. This is important because serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, and even general health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure, may be hidden and not show any symptoms. Yet they can be detected during an eye examination and the sooner a potential problem is diagnosed, the greater the chances are of it being treated successfully.

These are some of the tests we make during your examination:

  1. History and Symptoms: we first discuss any problems you might have with your eyesight and general health as many eye conditions are health-related. We also discuss your work and leisure activities to assess your visual needs.
  2. Eyewear Assessment: if you already wear glasses or contact lenses, we check them to see if they are still suitable for your vision.
  3. Refraction: this part of your examination finds out whether you need optical lenses to correct your eyesight. We test your near vision (for reading), your distance vision (for driving or TV) and your intermediate vision (for hobbies and or computer work).
  4. Oculomotor Balance: we check that your eye muscles are co-ordinated and that you have comfortable vision at all distances.
  5. Pupil Reflexes: an unusual pupil reflex may indicate neurological problems, so we check that pupils react normally to light.
  6. Intraocular Pressure: too much pressure inside your eyes can indicate glaucoma, a disease that eventually leads to blindness if left untreated. This test is usually only carried out if you are over 40 or have glaucoma in your family.
  7. Visual Field Test: losing your field of vision is one of the main signs of glaucoma, so where appropriate we check your all-round vision and your peripheral eyesight.
  8. Ophthalmoscopy: this important test evaluates the health of your eyes. Conditions such as diabetes, cataracts, hypertension and macular degeneration can be detected and monitored by an eye examination.

After the examination, we’ll talk you through your vision and eye health and give you a copy of your optical prescription. We try and keep things in plain English, but if anything is unclear (this is medical science after all!) make sure you ask questions. Or contact us at later date if you have any nagging concerns.

Click here to find out if you have to pay for your eye test.

Age and vision

Regular eye examinations are especially important once you enter middle age. That’s 40 onwards, in case you were wondering!

Many people in their mid-40s find they need glasses for reading, while nearly everyone will have spectacles by the time they’re 65. In later life, you’re also more likely to experience a medical problem that affects your vision. Glaucoma typically affects those over 40, while cataracts and macular degeneration mainly occurs in the over-60s.

It’s because of this that annual eye examinations are advisable for older people – and for children as well.

Do I have to pay for an eye examination?

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight examination if:

  • You are under 16
  • You are under 19 and in full-time education
  • You are 60 or over
  • You are registered as blind or partially sighted
  • You have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You are 40 or over and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • You have been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • You are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • You are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement

You are also entitled to a free NHS eye exam if you:

  • Receive Income Support
  • Receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • Receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) you may get some help towards the cost of your eye examination.

What is retinal photography?

Using our state-of-the-art Nidek retinal camera we can take a digital picture of the back of your eye. This enables us to have a better and more detailed inspection of the most important central retina of the eye. These images are stored on computer with your records. It allows us to compare images from visit to visit so that subtle changes to the back of the eye, including eye diseases such as glaucoma, can be more easily detected. We highly recommend this procedure, which forms part of our extended eye exam.

What is an OCT Examination?

OCT is the very latest in optical technology based on a camera which, through a non-invasive, non-contact examination, creates a 3D model of your eye and your optic nerve. Similar to a regular eye test, it will identify the early stages of disease (or track the results of treatments you have received previously).

As well as being more precise than traditional retinal photography, the bespoke models of your eye also mean that we will be able to prescribe some of the latest contact lenses which will fit more snugly to the contours of your cornea.

Click here [link to Other Services] for more details about OCT and at which of our six practices we offer this.

THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT…

Sunglasses

It’s important to protect your vision in bright sunlight – not only against glare, but also the hidden dangers of ultra-violet rays.

Over-exposure

Over-exposure to UV light can damage your eyes as well as your skin. It may lead to cataracts and can prematurely age your retina, causing reduced vision in later life.

It’s therefore essential to choose sunglasses that are not only stylish but have optical quality lenses and a UV filter.

Prescription sunglasses

If you already wear glasses, you can still wear quality sunglasses. We stock lots of designer brands – from Maui Jim to Ray Ban – which can be made up to your individual prescription. They can carry single vision, bifocal or varifocal lenses. They are also available with photochromic lenses, which have a light tint indoors, yet darken in sunlight. Modern photochromic sunglasses are comfortable to wear because they are made with fast-reacting, lightweight plastic lenses.

Styles of sunglasses

Specific situations sometime call for specific styles of sunglasses. If you do a lot of driving, or are keen on sports such as golf, cycling or watersports, there are particular frames and lenses which would help you see clearer in sunlight.

 

Eyecare

An eye test could be the most important 30 minutes of your year. If it’s your first one, let us talk you through it.

Why is the health of your eyes important?

Whether you’re born short-sighted or you can still see high aircraft clearly well into your 70s, everyone’s eyesight deteriorates over time. If you think you’ve reached the point where your sight is starting to affect your daily life and are, understandably, unsure of the latest options on offer, we hope this regularly updated step-by-step guide will answers a few questions.

It goes without saying we all want to look great in our new specs or contact lenses (and we can certainly help you with this) but let’s talk about your eye health first.

If you can’t find what you need here, don’t hesitate to drop us an email and we’ll get back to you within a day or two. Or give us a call – our details are in the Contact Us section.

What is an eye examination and do I need one?

There’s more to an eye examination than simply checking your vision. We also investigate the health of your eyes. This is important because serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, and even general health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure, may be hidden and not show any symptoms. Yet they can be detected during an eye examination and the sooner a potential problem is diagnosed, the greater the chances are of it being treated successfully.

These are some of the tests we make during your examination:

  1. History and Symptoms: we first discuss any problems you might have with your eyesight and general health as many eye conditions are health-related. We also discuss your work and leisure activities to assess your visual needs.
  2. Eyewear Assessment: if you already wear glasses or contact lenses, we check them to see if they are still suitable for your vision.
  3. Refraction: this part of your examination finds out whether you need optical lenses to correct your eyesight. We test your near vision (for reading), your distance vision (for driving or TV) and your intermediate vision (for hobbies and or computer work).
  4. Oculomotor Balance: we check that your eye muscles are co-ordinated and that you have comfortable vision at all distances.
  5. Pupil Reflexes: an unusual pupil reflex may indicate neurological problems, so we check that pupils react normally to light.
  6. Intraocular Pressure: too much pressure inside your eyes can indicate glaucoma, a disease that eventually leads to blindness if left untreated. This test is usually only carried out if you are over 40 or have glaucoma in your family.
  7. Visual Field Test: losing your field of vision is one of the main signs of glaucoma, so where appropriate we check your all-round vision and your peripheral eyesight.
  8. Ophthalmoscopy: this important test evaluates the health of your eyes. Conditions such as diabetes, cataracts, hypertension and macular degeneration can be detected and monitored by an eye examination.

After the examination, we’ll talk you through your vision and eye health and give you a copy of your optical prescription. We try and keep things in plain English, but if anything is unclear (this is medical science after all!) make sure you ask questions. Or contact us at later date if you have any nagging concerns.

Click here to find out if you have to pay for your eye test.

Age and vision

Regular eye examinations are especially important once you enter middle age. That’s 40 onwards, in case you were wondering!

Many people in their mid-40s find they need glasses for reading, while nearly everyone will have spectacles by the time they’re 65. In later life, you’re also more likely to experience a medical problem that affects your vision. Glaucoma typically affects those over 40, while cataracts and macular degeneration mainly occurs in the over-60s.

It’s because of this that annual eye examinations are advisable for older people – and for children as well.

Do I have to pay for an eye examination?

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight examination if:

  • You are under 16
  • You are under 19 and in full-time education
  • You are 60 or over
  • You are registered as blind or partially sighted
  • You have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You are 40 or over and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • You have been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • You are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • You are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement

You are also entitled to a free NHS eye exam if you:

  • Receive Income Support
  • Receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • Receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) you may get some help towards the cost of your eye examination.

What is retinal photography?

Using our state-of-the-art Nidek retinal camera we can take a digital picture of the back of your eye. This enables us to have a better and more detailed inspection of the most important central retina of the eye. These images are stored on computer with your records. It allows us to compare images from visit to visit so that subtle changes to the back of the eye, including eye diseases such as glaucoma, can be more easily detected. We highly recommend this procedure, which forms part of our extended eye exam.

What is an OCT Examination?

OCT is the very latest in optical technology based on a camera which, through a non-invasive, non-contact examination, creates a 3D model of your eye and your optic nerve. Similar to a regular eye test, it will identify the early stages of disease (or track the results of treatments you have received previously).

As well as being more precise than traditional retinal photography, the bespoke models of your eye also mean that we will be able to prescribe some of the latest contact lenses which will fit more snugly to the contours of your cornea.

Click here [link to Other Services] for more details about OCT and at which of our six practices we offer this.

Spectacles for every lifestyle.

GLASSES

Frames

Here at the R Woodfall group of opticians, the Optometrist who tested your eyes will hand you over to one of our qualified Dispensing Opticians who will be able to offer you the best possible advice when it comes to choosing a new pair of glasses (or contact lenses).

Your choice of frame needs to be right for you. It should complement both the shape of your face and your skin tone. Additionally, you may need to take into account your prescription and the type of lenses you require. This can add up to a daunting decision.

We always try to give you the best possible advice whilst respecting your budget.

We stock a large range of frames – some from well-known designers and some really interesting ‘not so well known’ brands. Quality is always important to us. In fact, all our frames come with a minimum of a one-year guarantee.

Lenses

As independent opticians we are able to prescribe lenses from all manufacturers to suit your choice of frame and budget – we aren’t tied to any particular make. Our Dispensing Opticians have an in-depth knowledge of both the latest frame and lens designs available on the market today.

Lens design is evolving all the time. There are now thinner, lighter lenses and anti-reflection coatings available that are guaranteed for two years. There have also been significant improvements in the design of varifocal lenses (if you need help with reading and driving for instance), such as personalised lenses designed specifically for your prescription.

There are also special lenses designed for most sport. So, if you ‘re partial to a spot of cycling, skiing, diving – anything really – then we can help you enjoy your passion a little more.

There are also vocational lenses available for computer use – which offer greater comfort if you are in front of a screen all day.

We’ll be more than happy to spend time discussing the choices with you.

Different types of lens

If you need both near and distance vision correction, then you are probably presbyopic – a condition which most people experience from their mid-40s onwards. The traditional solution is to use bifocals, but these have a sudden change in focus and a visible line across the lens.

Varifocal lenses are an increasingly popular alternative. Because they have a gradual change in their optical power, there is no disconcerting jump between your reading and distance vision. As a result, varifocal lenses give you better middle-distance focus. Losing the bifocal dividing line also makes varifocals look more attractive. The newest design of varifocal will offer you as close to natural vision as possible in a varifocal and is the very best in multifocal technology.

Most lenses can now have special coatings applied which enhance your vision and also improve the appearance of your glasses. Particularly popular are scratch-resistant and anti-reflection coatings.

Scratch resistant and Anti-Reflection coatings

A scratch-resistant coating will prolong the life of your lenses as it protects against everyday wear and tear. An anti-reflection coating virtually eliminates the light reflected from the surface of your lenses. Not only will this make you look better (especially as there are no reflections to get in the way of eye contact) but it will also help when driving at night because it reduces glare from oncoming headlights.

Caring for Their Window to the World.

Children

Your child’s first eye examination

We recommend that children should have their first eye examination before they start Primary School. It’s also really important that children are tested regularly as they are less likely than adults to notice that there is a problem with their sight. We can advise on how regularly after the first examination.

Research shows that one in five children has an undetected eye problem which directly impacts their ability to reach their full potential.

Should they need glasses, we have a wide selection of children’s frames designed specifically for young faces. Many have soft nose pads for extra comfort and spring hinges to stand up to the rough and tumble of the playground.

Questions we get asked a lot:

Is there a charge for children’s eye examinations?

Children’s eye examinations are completely complimentary on the NHS for everyone under 16 (or under 19 if in full time education). If your child needs glasses, there is also a contribution to the cost. We have a selection of frames which are complimentary (again, covered by an NHS voucher).

What happens if my child doesn’t know their letters or isn’t able to talk?

Don’t worry, we can test your child’s sight using a range of specialist modern equipment. All our Optometrists are very experienced in dealing with children and have a few clever tricks up their sleeves!

We also encourage parents or guardians to participate in their exams, as the more you understand about their prescription and the various solutions on offer, the more you’ll be able to help them in the long-term.

What are the signs of eye problems in children?

There are many warning signs but the main ones are:

  • Squinting
  • Tilting head or covering one eye
  • Sitting too close to the television or holding hand-held devices too close to the eyes
  • Rubbing eyes excessively
  • Complaining of headaches or eye pain
  • Having difficulty concentrating on schoolwork

Will I be able to accompany my child during their eye examination?

Yes.  If your child is under 16 it is a legal requirement that a parent or guardian accompanies them in the examination room.

See things differently.

Contact Lenses

Small jelly-like lenses that you wear on your eye – are great as an addition to spectacles – or to virtually replace them altogether. Bear in mind though, that it’s always advisable to have back-up spectacles, just in case you can’t wear your lenses on a particular day.

Can I wear contact lenses?

Modern contact lenses are very versatile and suitable for most people. The best way to find out whether you are able to wear contact lenses and/or which contact lenses would suit your individual requirements is to make an appointment with one of our qualified Optometrists. They will examine your eyes and will talk you through which type of lens would work best for your vision and lifestyle requirements.

Types of contact lenses?

  1. Daily Disposables. These are fast becoming the most popular lens of choice for our patients. It’s not difficult to see why. As the name would suggest, you use each one for a day and then throw them away. No cleaning solutions and no maintenance – just try to hit the bin when you take them out! They’re ideal for busy lifestyles.
  2. Frequent Replacement. These lenses are worn during the day and at night are stored in a case with a special solution, to ensure they are clean and sterile for the next day’s wear. After their allotted lifespan, they are thrown away and a new pair is worn.
  3. Extended wear contact lenses. These are a special two or four weekly lenses that you can wear for these periods continuously – if your eyes are suitable.
  4. Gas Permeable. These lenses are usually fitted to people who have special requirements due to factors such as complicated prescriptions or some medical eye conditions. The lenses are usually made from a hard gas-permeable material, but can also be a specialised soft lens.
  5. Multifocal lenses. For patients requiring a prescription for near and far vision. Available as daily disposable, frequent replacement and toric
  6. Ortho-K. Contact lenses that are worn frequently overnight to correct short-sightedness, allowing for no contact lenses or spectacles needing to be worn during the day. Please ask for further details.
  7. Specialist Contact Lenses. Myopia management and transitions contact lenses also available.

Aftercare

It is essential that regular contact lens check up appointments are adhered to, these ensure that your eyes remain healthy as well as maintaining optimal clarity with your contact lenses. Regular check ups reduce the risk of lens related problems.

Contact Lens Care Schemes available that allows for contact lenses and aftercare to be paid via. direct debit and an exclusive discount for Care Scheme members too!

Extras

All of our lenses can be supplied through our direct debit Care Contract. This spreads the cost with manageable monthly payments and also entitles you to special discounts only available to Care Contract members. You will also be able to buy your spectacles and sunglasses at a 20% discount, as well as cheaper contact lenses.

Gold:

  • Regular 3month supply of contact lenses with home delivery (where available)
  • ALL aftercare appointments
  • Re-fitting/upgrading of different contact lens designs if required
  • Full eye examination and retinal photography
  • 20% discount on complete spectacles.

Silver:

  • Lenses purchased pay-as-you-go
  • ALL aftercare appointments
  • Re-fitting/upgrading of different contact lens designs if required
  • Full eye examination and retinal photography
  • 20% discount on complete spectacles.

What are you waiting for? Contact lenses can give you a whole new outlook on life!

The Hearing Care Partnership

Here at R Woodfall, we are proud to be working together with The Hearing Care Partnership to offer hearing care services to our patients. You can now book a range of hearing appointments at our practices.

Did you know?

  • Men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.
  • For every line up the vision chart you go, the chance of having a problem with your hearing increases by 18%?
  • By the year 2035, we estimate there’ll be around 15.6 million people with hearing loss across the UK – that’s one in five.
  • Only around 40% of people who need hearing aids actually have them.

Our full hearing care service includes everything from free hearing assessments, the latest hearing aids, ear wax removal, hearing protection services and free tinnitus consultations.

How to book your Free Hearing Assessment

Hearing assessments are completely free with The Hearing Care Partnership. You’ll be looked after by one of our fully qualified audiologists, who will carry out a comprehensive evaluation of your hearing. Find out more here.

You can call your local practice or visit The Hearing Care Partnership to book online.

Depending on the outcome of your hearing assessment, you may be recommended hearing aids or given other hearing care advice and support.

Ear Wax Removal

You can have an ear wax removal appointment with one of our fully qualified audiologists, using the latest and safest methods, ensuring you’re comfortable and not in pain.

There’s no time restrictions on your consultation and the ear wax removal service also includes a quick hearing health check. Find out more here.

Hearing Aids

The Hearing Care Partnership offers the very latest in hearing aids from the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers. There is a huge variety in modern hearing aids so you can get the perfect aid to suit you. Some can be invisible or hidden and are incredibly discreet, while others pack a lot of technology into a tiny device so you can hear everything from chirping birds to your Bluetooth connected mobile device.

Features can include rechargeable batteries, Bluetooth connectivity and can even be compatible with your smartphone. Explore hearing aid technology here.

Free Tinnitus Consultations

Tinnitus affects 6 million people in the UK alone. The condition can be referred to as “ringing in the ears” but can also sound like chirping, hissing or roaring and unfortunately, there is no known “cure”. However, we can help you to find effective ways to manage tinnitus so you can continue to do all the things you love to do. Recommendations can include sound therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and even hearing aids.

Our tinnitus consultations with The Hearing Care Partnership are free of charge. Find out more.

How you can Protect your Hearing

While regular hearing health checks are vital, hearing protection is also important – especially if you enjoy live music or have some loud hobbies!

The Hearing Care Partnership offers a complete range of hearing protection services, including ear plugs for sleeping, swimming, motorsport, shooting and more, to help protect and preserve your hearing.
Find out more about hearing protection.

Find out more

To find more information about all our hearing services, please visit The Hearing Care Partnership’s website.

To make an appointment with our audiologist, you can book online or call your local practice:

[1] Hoffman, Dobie, Losonczy et al. “Declining Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Adults Aged 20 to 69 years” 2017.
[2] Chia,E; Arch. Opthamol. 2006
[3] Action for Hearing Loss, Facts and Figures. 2020
[4] Action for Hearing Loss, Facts and Figures. 2020

Enhanced Eye Examinations (OCT)

Our Enhanced Eye Examinations (OCT)

Optical science advances at a rapid rate and this can mean enormous benefits for your eye health. We are delighted to be able to offer enhanced eye examinations at four of our practices, using state-of-the-art OCT cameras.

What does OCT do?

OCT (Optical Coherance Tomography) is a completely painless and highly advanced imaging system that checks for potentially serious conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreous detachments and more.

The OCT camera is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to image the different layers that make up the structures at the front and the back of your eye. The OCT machine captures both a photograph and a cross-sectional scan of the eye at the same time. This allows both instant and early diagnosis of a number of common ocular conditions. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick. What’s more, the software can automatically detect even the most subtle changes to the retina with every eye test you have. This gives you an invaluable ongoing record of the health and condition of your eyes.

What can the scan check for?

Common conditions identified through regular OCT screening include:

  1. Age-related macular degeneration – Age-related macular degeneration (SM) is the leading cause of blindness in the UK. It causes gradual deterioration of the macula (the central portion of your retina which enables detailed vision). There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. Wet AMD causes rapid reduction in vision and must be treated in hospital very rapidly. OCT can help to identify the earliest signs of AMD, determine whether it is the dry or wet form and help monitor its progress over time.
  2. Diabetes – More than 4 million people in the UK have diabetes – with experts claiming that another half a million people are currently suffering from undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in this country. OCT examinations help enable early detection of diabetic retinopathy, allowing early referral and management – which can greatly improve the success rate of treatment.
  3. Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a condition which causes damage to the optic nerve – the part of the eye which connects to the brain – and causes gradual loss in peripheral vision. Recent statistics suggest that some form of glaucoma affects around two in every 100 people over the age of 40, rising to almost 1 in 10 in people over 75. Because the early stages of chronic glaucoma do not cause symptoms, regular eye examinations are essential to pick up glaucoma at its earlier stage so that ongoing damage can be prevented. OCT examination can measure numerous features at the back of the eye and facilitate early diagnosis of glaucoma. Furthermore, it can enable close monitoring of your eye health year-on-year, allowing identification of glaucomatous changes over time.
  4. Vitreous detachments – Vitreomacular traction can be easily 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 may be being damaged.
  5. Macular holes – A macular hole is a small hole in the macula – the part of the retina which is responsible for our sharp, detailed central vision. This is the vision we use when looking directly at things, when reading, sewing or using a computer for example. Macular holes usually form during a complicated vitreous detachment, when the vitreous pulls away from the back of the eye, causing a hole to form. Management of this condition needs to be carried out by an ophthalmologist in hospital.

ORTHO-K

What is Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is a way to correct myopia (short-sightedness) without an operation and is fully reversible.

Special hard contact lenses are worn overnight to correct the vision. The lenses are removed in the morning for clear, natural vision during the day.

Why choose Ortho-K?

Ortho-K can help anyone suffering from short-sightedness (up to the prescription below) to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses during the day, but can be especially useful for:

  • Those who take part in a lot of activities where glasses or contact lenses are not suitable or can be uncomfortable, such as swimming, diving and cycling. They are also great if you play a lot of contact sport such as rugby or football.
  • Dry eye patients who find soft lenses uncomfortable.
  • Myopia control for children. Numerous studies have shown that Ortho-K can dramatically slow down the progression of short-sightedness in children.

Who can use Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is able to correct the following degrees of short-sightedness:

  • A spherical spectacle prescription of -0.75D up to -5.00D
  • Astigmatism of up to 2.50D

It’s also completely safe for children, although we would advise you to wait until the child is able to insert and remove the lenses themselves.

How is it done?

A full eye examination is carried out, followed by detailed measurements of the eyes using specialist equipment. We then order the lenses from the laboratory. Once the lenses arrive an appointment is arranged to check the fitting. We will also give you instructions on inserting and removing the lenses.

After the fitting

The lenses are worn overnight and an appointment follows the next morning to assess the eyes and the lenses.

A few days later another appointment is scheduled. By this time, most people are seeing well without their normal spectacles. After 10 days your vision is re-assessed. Normally, it will be fully corrected.

Follow Up Appointments

Usually, you would have appointments one month and then three months later. After that, appointments are every six months.

If any problems occur, we would be happy to see you for a special appointment.

Costs and commitment

We offer a FREE, 30-minute introductory chat – where we can talk about your suitability and answer any questions you may have.

An initial (non-refundable) fitting fee of £200 is charged, which also covers up to a maximum of seven appointments, as necessary. A direct debit monthly fee of £50 is then charged (starting a month after fitting) which covers:

  • New lenses every six months
  • Six months’ of Eyedream solution ( + two bottles of saline and one trial pack ) every six months
  • Six-monthly aftercare
  • One free replacement lens (if lost or broken) every 6 months

New lenses are supplied every six months and you are generally committed to a minimum twelve-month contract.

Questions we’re often asked:

Can I really just sleep and see?

Yes, once the effect is complete you simply remove the lenses each morning and you can see normally throughout that day. Also, you will be able to see clearly with the lenses in, when you wake up in the morning!

How quickly will it work?

After the first night’s wear, your vision will be blurred with the lenses IN. The vision is clear when the lenses are removed.

It takes successive nights to fully correct the prescription. The lower the prescription the quicker it is achieved but normally, within a week, your sight during the day will be ‘treated’ and you will no longer be reliant on glasses or contact lenses.

Is it safe?

Yes. Research and experience show that the whole process is totally safe and 100% reversible. So, if you decide to stop wearing the Ortho-K lenses for any reason, the eye will return to its original shape and you will see clearly with your glasses again.

How is it possible to wear lenses overnight?

The lenses are made of the very highest oxygen permeable materials, for maximum comfort and safety during overnight wear.

You may also find it helpful to visit www.orthoklenses.com.

Myopia Management (Children)

Myopia Management (Children)

We can now offer MiSight Contact Lenses at some of our practices. They are the first daily disposable contact lenses designed specifically to slow down the progression of myopia (short-sightedness) in children.

Myopia can occur in children and teenagers as the eyeball lengthens during growth. There is a higher risk of becoming myopic if one or both parents have the condition, although genetics does not appear to be the only factor.

Currently there is no cure for myopia but in recent years there have been advances in ways to slow the progression of myopia, particularly by wearing soft multi-focal contact lenses.

The MiSight Contact Lens is designed to bend light traveling into the eyes from its natural angle, resulting in light landing on the peripheral retina in a way that doesn’t encourage lengthening of the eyeball. The lenses are soft and comfortable and easy to use – as you dispose of them at the end of each day. This means your child is able to look after their lenses by themselves with minimal risk of infection.

Questions we are often asked:

What is Myopia?

Myopia is short-sightedness. As children get older their eyes continue to grow and Myopia increases – as does their dependency of glasses.

How do Mi-Sight Lenses work?

In a normal shaped eye, light focuses directly on the retina at the back of the eye. When a child has myopia, their eyes are growing too long and light focuses in front of the retina which blurs their vision. MiSight lenses bend light traveling into the eyes at different angles, resulting in light landing on the peripheral retina in a way that doesn’t encourage lengthening of the eyeball.

Can children of any age have them?

MiSight lenses are suitable for children as young as eight years old.

Are the lenses ‘child-friendly’?

Yes!  They are one day disposable lenses so there is no cleaning and storage to worry about, making them perfect for children. Over a three-year period of study of children 8-15 years, 90% said that they preferred MiSight to wearing glasses. 90% of children could insert and remove the lenses on their own. And 100% of parents said their children were happy with the experience of wearing them!

Can they cure Myopia?

There is no cure for Myopia but wearing MiSight one-day contact lenses is shown to reduce myopia progression in children by 59% on average – reducing their reliance on vision correction.

Do they work for all prescriptions?

At present the contact lenses can only correct prescriptions up to -6.00.

Can MiSight Lenses be worn all the time?

MiSight one-day lenses can be worn all day and are ideal for sports, playing outdoors, homework and watching TV. As with all contact lenses, they can’t be worn for swimming or in the shower.

MECS (Medical Eye Conditions)

MECS (Medical Eye Conditions)

What is MECS?

MECS is an NHS service for patients aged 16 and over who are registered with a Lewisham, Lambeth, Bexley or Southwark GP, to access an accredited local optometrist if they experience a medical eye condition.

Medical eye conditions that can be treated by MECS

  • Sudden or recent reduction in the vision of one or both eyes
  • Red eye(s) or eye lids
  • Pain and /or discomfort in the eyes, around the eye area or temples
  • Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes and /or floaters in one or both eyes (appears like a fly, black specks, or a cobweb moving across your vision)
  • Mild trauma, for example a scratch to the outer surface of the eye(s) or lid(s)
  • Suspected foreign body in the eye
  • Recent onset of double vision
  • Significant recent discharge from or watering of the eye

If you are unsure whether your symptoms qualify for MECS, please contact us and we will be happy to offer you some advice.

Eye conditions not treated under MECS

If you have any of the following conditions you must go directly to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department:

  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Considerable eye pain
  • Significant trauma, such as a penetrating injury or lacerations to the eye(s) or lid(s)
  • Chemical injury or burns
  • Problems arising from recent eye surgery

If you already have an eye condition which is being treated, such as cataracts or glaucoma, you will not be covered by MECS and you should contact whoever is treating you.

Remember: you may not be able to drive immediately after the eye examination.

How do I access MECS?

All you need to do is call us, explain the problem and ask if you can have a MECS appointment. Alternatively, if you make an appointment to see your GP, he or she may refer you to an optometrist (us) for treatment.

What happens when I see the optometrist?

Our optometrist will discuss your eye history, any symptoms you may be experiencing and any related medical history. You will receive an eye assessment relevant to your symptoms.

Please bring along a list of all current medications and your current glasses with you to the appointment.

As a result of the consultation you may be:

  • Given appropriate treatment by the optometrist, which may include a follow-up appointment
  • Referred to your GP for appropriate treatment if your eye condition is related to your general health
  • Referred directly to the hospital eye service if your eye condition is more serious

Following your appointment, the optometrist will notify your GP about the outcome of your consultation, in order to ensure your medical records are updated

Please note:

This service does not replace routine eye examinations and will not cover you for the cost of new glasses or lenses.

A sight test will not be performed as part of your MECS assessment or treatment and you will not be issued with a prescription for glasses.