Visual Health

There are two aspects to visual health, one relates to the optical properties of the eye and how well it focuses the light to provide clear vision. The second relates to the physical health
of the eye and its associated tissue. Refractive error can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses but pathological problems also require medical treatment and such cases are referred to either the hospital or the GP. In the case of an emergency it is advisable to go direct to casualty or to the nearest hospital walk in centre.
 
Examinations
Routine eye examinations are recommended as deterioration can occur slowly and the sooner changes are picked up the better. Generally every two years is sufficient up until the age of 70.
 
The NHS provides free sight tests every two years for those between the ages of 16 and 18 providing they are in full time education, and also between the ages of 60 and 70, after which the patient is entitled to an annual examination. Those diagnosed with diabetes and glaucoma or have a family history of glaucoma and are over 40 are also entitled to an annual NHS examination. Children under the age of 16 are allowed more at the optometrists discretion. 
 
Contact lens wearers must be seen on an annual basis as it is important to regularly monitor the health of the cornea.  
 
Cataracts
Cataracts develop at different rates but when they are ready to be removed we can refer the parients direct to the hospital without going through the GP. This helps to speed up the process.  
 
Comfort drops for all contact lens wearers and
non lens wearers. It is preservative free on eye
and provides lubrication and relief from sensation of dryness caused by dust, smoke, dry heat, air conditioning, extended computer use etc.
  
Macushield combines powerful antioxidants
that help protect the eye tissue and is
designed specially to support macular health
 
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