SPECIALIST OPTOMETRY

Everyone deserves to see well

All opticians can prescribe and order glasses. Oftentimes things work reasonably well, but there is a range of specialist offerings that better suit people whose eyes are not straightforward. Other people have unusual or exacting visual demands. We're motivated to help everyone, and use our knowledge and experience to make this possible.

We offer second opinions to patients who are not happy with their glasses and accept referrals from optometrists and ophthalmologists.

High myopia

As the prescription increases in size the tolerances reduce. We have patients with prescriptions approaching -30D who come to us because their eyes need everything to be right. As well as ensuring that the vision is as good as possible, we stock frames chosen for their suitability for high myopes, tweak the standard design of varifocals to work better with short-sighted prescriptions, and have access to specialist lenses in a range of plastic and glass to reduce thickness.

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Astigmatism

When the degree of astigmatism is large it often leads to problems where things may appear tilted or the eyes feel that they need to strain to see. Management options include judgments on partial correction, smart lens design to lessen distortions, or specialist contact lens fitting. Occasionally, it is appropriate to liaise with an eye surgeon to combine optical and surgical techniques.

Anisometropia

This is where the eyes need a significantly different lens power to see clearly. It causes the two eyes to perceive the same thing a different size. This interferes with their coordination. The result is often that the eyes feel tired and possibly see things doubled. We make careful lens choices, and sometimes dispense each eye a different design in a different material. Another trick we use is to manipulate the normal centration of lenses. All this is done to enable the eyes to work together comfortably.

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Post-operative prescribing

Eye surgery is often accompanied by large changes in the glasses prescription, which may include astigmatism and anisometropia. There is also sometimes damaged to the muscles that rotate the eyes or issues with light-sensitivity. These cases often present with unique problems and no text-book answer. They are managed as best can be done for the particular situation.

Double vision

Seeing double is usually caused by the eyes not working together. It is often the result of a declining ability to compensate for a long-standing muscle imbalance over time. It may also occur due to new medical problems affecting the nerves that control the muscles that rotate the eyes or as a side-effect of glasses.

After establishing a diagnosis that informs us if further medical investigation is needed and the likely prognosis, we have a variety of methods to make thing more comfortable. The effects of doing this for our patients is often huge and is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work.

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Vocational and hobby lenses

Most people use their eyes in similar ways for most activities. This is catered for by standard lens designs, but sometimes they are not fit for purpose. For example, pilots need to read instrument panels whilst looking upwards and remain able to see far distance when looking ahead, and golfers need to look down to putt without peering through a reading prescription at the bottom of their varifocal and yet still be able to mark their scorecard.

We’re experienced in finding creative solutions for people with these problems and have a network of labs who are able to make almost any lens.

Opening hours

Monday - Wednesday 8:45 - 5:30
Thursday 8:45 - 7.00
Friday 8:45* - 5:30

Closed for lunch between  1:20 - 2:00

* Opening is at 11am on the 1st Friday of every month to allow for staff training.