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Medical clinics

The higher qualifications and training in medical clinics means that our Principal Optometrists can diagnose and manage many eye conditions. If necessary they can prescribe medication because they are both Independent Prescribers. They are the only optometrists in the local area who can offer this service. Patients can self-refer to our clinics. We also welcome referrals from GPs and other optometrists.

Some eye problems can be dealt with during a scheduled eye examination, but others need follow-up more regularly, or present suddenly and require urgent assessment. We run specialist clinics for glaucoma and dry eye, and also offer emergency appointments. These services are popular because they avoid having to attend busy hospital clinics. It also allows you to be reviewed by the same person, when scheduled, without the worry of appointment delays, or whenever you are concerned.

Glaucoma clinic

This clinic was established to care for patients who have glaucoma or raised eye pressure. The clinic operates to the highest levels of clinical governance. It meets and exceeds the best practice guidance procedures set-out by NICE in regards to qualifications, investigations, treatment and recall intervals.

 

Our credentials for managing glaucoma

Dr Michael Johnson and Mrs Hayley Johnson have a nationally recognised diploma in glaucoma (DipGlauc) and many years of experience working in hospital glaucoma clinics. This means that we are in a unique position within our local community in that we are able to diagnose and manage ocular hypertension, suspect glaucoma, and patients with a diagnosis of glaucoma. Independent prescribing status means that we can also prescribe any medications.

This is why we can offer you the reassurance of the highest standards of clinical care and the convenience of being seen locally in a timely manner.

Johnson M, et al. An economic comparison of hospital-based and community-based glaucoma clinics. Eye. 2012;26(11):1493.

Johnson ME. Glaucoma in community. Optician. 2012.

Dry eye clinic

This clinic is run by Dr Michael Johnson for patients who have dry eye or other ocular surface problems. The consultation includes specialist tests to fully investigate the causes of any problem and so advise on management, which may involve lubricants, antibiotics, steroids and lifestyle/dietary advice. Some patients do best when the drainage holes in the eyelids are sealed by inserting a small, silicone plug to prevent the outflow of tears. These are called punctual plugs, and their insertion is a quick and painless procedure.

 

Our credentials for managing dry eye

Dr Michael Johnson obtained his PhD on dry eye, which led to the advancement of several clinical tests and the development of a method of measuring treatment effects that has been approved for use in large clinical trials. He has published numerous scientific papers and acts as a reviewer for academic journals on the subject. Before setting up his own practice he worked as a consultant to global pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Allergan and Chemedica. He is regularly invited to present at conferences on the subject.

Important scientific publications and accessible continuing education articles for optometrists include the following:

Johnson ME, Murphy PJ. Changes in the tear film and ocular surface from dry eye syndrome. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2004;23(4):449-74.

Johnson ME, Murphy PJ. Measurement of ocular surface irritation with the Ocular Comfort Index. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007;48(10):4451-8.

Johnson ME. The association between symptoms of discomfort and signs in dry eye. Ocul Surf. 2009;7(4):199-211.

Johnson ME. Dry eye (Parts 1-3). Optician.

Get in Touch

Telephone: (01454) 411760
Website: johnsonandfurze.co.uk

7 Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ

Opening hours

Monday - Wednesday 8:45 - 5:30
Thursday 8:45 - 7.00
Friday 8:45 - 5:30
Saturday 9.00 - 4.00