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EYE Examinations EXPLAINED

Extended eyecare examinations

When you visit your local Optometrist/Optician you may not be aware of the services provided beyond the routine “eye test”

Pritchard-Cowburn Opticians provide both private examinations and NHS tests, but unfortunately the NHS has limited funding and this affects the service that can be delivered.

Eyesight is often considered our most important sense enabling us to carry on with a normal lifestyle and the purpose of extended examinations is to preserve your sight at the best level possible by detecting certain eye diseases and problems early.

 

Common diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma may “run” in families as well as macular degeneration and if a close relative has eye problems the extra detail provided during the examination may be important to preserve your sight.

Both of our practices have the latest optical scanning equipment (often called OCT) and retinal cameras which enable our optometrists to examine your eye in microscopic detail with immediate results.

 

We offer several types of appointments.

– NHS tests for eligible patients.

– Standard test is free.

– NHS, Wales eyecare examination for eligible groups and emergencies.

– Standard examination is free.

– Private examinations.

– From £40.00.

– Extended private eyecare examinations which are more detailed and include scanning (OCT) and retinal photography as standard.

– Scanning (oct)/ retinal photography £80.00.

– You may prefer to pay the low monthly fee of £7.50 by direct debit for your extended private eyecare examination which also gives a 10% saving off a complete new pairs of glasses. (Please note the direct debit needs to run for a complete 12 month period to pay for the service)

Our reception staff and Optometrists / dispensing opticians will be able to answer any questions that you may have about your suitability for each appointment.

 

In Europe, over 60% of 40 to 60 years old now use computers at work or at home.

Computers have become an indispensable tool with most people spending several hours a day in front of a screen. The last ten years have seen a remarkable change in the way people are living their lives and many of us are now spending in excess of six hours a day staring at either a computer screen or television.

The results are only to be expected: blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes and light sensitivity. Over 75% of computer users report these symptoms. At around 40 their become aggravated by the normal decrease in accommodation capacity.

Not surprisingly, this places increased stress on our eyes, which may lead to blurred vision. It is therefore important to ensure that you have your eyes examined every two years, or more frequently if required.

Our qualified optometrists will examine your eyes using modern equipment and will give you appropriate advice on what action needs to be taken. As well as monitoring changes in your sight, we will screen for conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

We use the latest testing equipment as found in many ophthalmic departments in hospitals.

The examination is adapted to the individual and involves tests that are most applicable to your age group and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

By combining discussions about your lifestyle and the results from your eye examination we are able to provide a solution that will fulfil your needs. This may simply be glasses or if further investigation is required we will refer you to a consultant for professional treatment. Throughout we follow guidelines as recommended by the College of Optometrists and through continuous professional development we aim to provide you with the best clinical practice.