The Eye Exxamination
Having an eye examination seems to worry many people, and the consulting room is an alien environment for most people. However, there is normally no need for concern, and we allow plenty of time for each appointment. We still use the old, familiar letter chart, but also have the high-tech equipment where this is beneficial. We routinely check for cataract, glaucoma and other obvious eye conditions, but may also be able to identify general health problems - don't fret about this though, it doesn't happen very often
This is the 'puff-of-air' test that many people dread. Our machine blows a puff of air on to the eye to measure the pressure inside the eye. It is gentle and simply makes you blink - it is not painful or uncomfortable - honest!!
Visual Field Screening
Where indicated, we screen for glaucoma using the Zeiss FDT screener (left of screen). This is mainly the over 40's who are more at risk of developing glaucoma. It is a quick and easy test to use and very 'observant' for visual field problems. If this finds a problem we then use the hospital standard test, the Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer (right of screen).
Comprehensive glaucoma screening
requires assessment of the optic nerve at the back of the eye, eye pressure and visual fields. This equipment allows us to carry out these tests with confidence in the results.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
We now have a Topcon Maestro OCT in the practice. This is used for our diabetic eye screening, but it can do far more than that!
This state of the art equipment is used to investigate the retina and optic nerve. It can be described as an MRI or CAT scan for the eye, allowing us to identify problems within the eye that could not be easily detected before. It is particularly useful to help identify early signs of glaucoma and age related macula degeneration, both of which are often treatable if identified early enough. It is a simple test, which takes a few seconds to complete and it is not painful or uncomfortable.
The cost of the test is not covered by the NHS, so we do have to make a charge to the patient for this. It is not a compulsory test, but we do recommend it for the majority of patients for peace of mind. The fee for OCT is £20.