General Eye Exam
More than just determining the prescription for your glasses, our eye examination consists of a thorough internal and external examination, assessing both your vision and your eye health.
Having regular eye examinations is a must in this day and age when almost everything we do is done using a screen, doing this can help the optometrist paint a picture of your eye health and can help in the detection of any early signs of diseases and disorders that can appear in the eye very early on even if the problem is not local to the eye itself.
A full eye examination is your first step towards good optical and general health.
We offer private and NHS eye examinations. To find out if you qualify for a free sight test on the NHS visit the NHS website.
Contact Lens Fitting
During the contact lens fitting assessment, the optometrist will determine whether you are a good candidate for contact lenses.
A series of questions about your daily routine and a series of examinations are used in order to determine which lens type will best suit your lifestyle.
The checks that will be performed by the optometrist, include;
Examining your eyes' front surfaces
Take measurements of your eyes' front surfaces
After the optometrist has completed all essential exams and determined the best lens type and prescription for you. You will be given a pair of lenses for you to trial. Before you leave with your lenses, your optician or a member of their staff will show you how to insert and remove them and will provide you with crucial information on how to care for them.
This examination is required in order to buy any contact lenses from any provider in the UK.
Contact Lens Aftercare
The purpose of contact lens aftercare is to evaluate if your existing contact lenses are correctly correcting your vision and to thoroughly examine the health of the front surface of the eye, which is where the contact lens sits.
The goal is to ensure that any issues you have with your contact lenses, whether they are related to vision or comfort, can be discussed thoroughly and handled as needed by modifying your current lenses or switching to a new type of lens or solution.
The optometrist also ensures that the contact lens fits properly and does not have any negative effects on your eye's health.
Urgent Red Eye Service(CUES)
During the COVID-19 the NHS has introduced a new service called CUES (COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service) to substitute the Red Eye Scheme.
Sore, itchy, red-eye, etc?
You no longer have o go to your GP or the Eye Hospital!
Our Red Eye Walk-in Clinic is an exclusive service for patients registered with a GP within Manchester. This service deals with a group of conditions of the eye primarily indicated by a noticeable reddening of the, normally, the white part of the eye.
Visit our Red Eye Clinic website for more information:
Dry Eye Management
Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.
With each blink of the eyelids, tears spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain into the back of the nose. Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage is not in balance.
How are dry eyes diagnosed?
Dry eyes can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. Testing, with emphasis on the evaluation of the quantity and quality of tears produced by the eyes
Glaucoma Specific Screening
WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?
Glaucoma is the name of a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve transfers visual information from the eye to the brain and if it’s damaged, it can result in sight loss and even blindness.
Glaucoma is a complicated disease and diagnosis is not always easy. Several different tests will be needed to confirm how and why damage to the optic nerve has occurred. In many cases, glaucoma is associated with high pressure within the eye. Other risk factors include genetics, age, race, obesity, high spectacle prescriptions, certain health conditions, medications, smoking, alcohol toxicity etc.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Most types of glaucoma develop gradually, so in the early stages, there are no symptoms. As glaucoma often affects one eye, early signs can be easily missed when looking with both eyes. Significant vision can be lost before someone has any signs of glaucoma. Glaucoma sight loss can be quite subtle, from blurred patches in vision to patches in vision, especially at the start. In advanced cases, glaucoma can lead to tunnel vision or even blindness.
For most people, the signs of glaucoma are first spotted by an optometrist at a routine eye test. However, early and accurate diagnosis can be made by performing additional tests like Visual Field Test, Detailed Volk lens examination, Optic nerve imaging, GAT Pressure check, OCT Scan.
If you need a Glaucoma specific Private Screening, our optometrists will carry out a more detailed screening that will include Goldman Tonometry, Visual Field Test, and an OCT optic nerve scan. These tests can identify glaucoma much earlier than a standard sight test. If you want a glaucoma specific examination please let our Optometrist know.
Visual Fields Test
A visual field test is a method of measuring an individual's entire scope of vision, that is their central and peripheral (side) vision.
Visual field testing maps the visual fields of each eye individually and can detect blind spots (scotomas) as well as more subtle areas of dim vision.
The visual field test is a subjective examination, so the patient must be able to understand the testing instructions, fully cooperate, and complete the entire visual test in order to provide useful information.
We are excited to introduce our latest addition, the new multi-purpose REVO FC. A versatile device that combines high-resolution Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) with true colour Fundus imaging to save time and space.
Many common eye diseases can sneak up on you with no obvious symptoms. Even if your vision and eyes appear to be fine, it is beneficial for the optometrist to gain a complete understanding of your overall eye health through additional tests.
An OCT scan, in particular, can aid in the detection of eye conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Even if your eyes are healthy, the optometrist may recommend that you have an OCT scan to provide a baseline image.
An OCT scan can help the optometrist see what's going on beneath the surface of your eye by providing a picture of the layers of your retina. The layers can then be mapped out and the thickness measured by the optometrist. The optic nerve head is also visible at the back of your eye, an OCT scan can also evaluate any optic nerve disorders.
HOW DOES AN OCT SCAN WORK?
OCT technology, like ultrasound scanning, uses light waves to capture images of your retina. You will be asked to sit in front of a small machine with your chin resting on support during an OCT scan. Without touching your eye, the instrument can scan it.
The scan is performed on both eyes, one at a time. It is absolutely painless; you may be momentarily dazzled by the flash of light produced by the machine as if you had your picture taken, but this will immediately fade.
The optometrist can detect tiny changes in the thickness of the layers by attending periodic OCT scans over the years. This can reveal early indicators of eye diseases, making diagnosis, treatment, and management much easier.
HOW CAN I BOOK AN OCT SCAN?
OCT scans are normally indicated for anyone over the age of 25, or if they are at a higher risk of acquiring eye disorders such as glaucoma.
Goldmann Applanation Tonometry is currently considered to be the Gold Standard method of measuring the pressure inside your eyes (the intraocular pressure or IOP). This method indirectly measures the pressure by gauging how much force it takes to flatten the cornea. Just like pressing the surface of a balloon; if there is a small amount of air inside and it feels soft, there is a low pressure within the balloon. But if the balloon is hard and full of air, it takes more force to flatten the balloon, meaning there is high pressure within the balloon.
Some people generally have high pressure and it increases naturally as we get older. Abnormally high pressures can be present due to a number of different reasons but can be a symptom of Glaucoma. Schedule this service today or feel free to stop by anytime.
Corneal topography is a computer-assisted diagnostic tool that creates a three-dimensional map of the surface curvature of the cornea.
The cornea (the front window of the eye) is responsible for about 70 per cent of the eye’s focusing power. An eye with normal vision has an evenly rounded cornea, but if the cornea is too flat, too steep, or unevenly curved, less than perfect vision results. The greatest advantage of corneal topography is its ability to detect irregular conditions invisible to most conventional testing.
Corneal topography produces a detailed, visual description of the shape and power of the cornea. This type of analysis provides your doctor with very fine details regarding the condition of the corneal surface.
These details are used to diagnose, monitor, and treat various eye conditions. They are also used in fitting contact lenses and for planning surgery, including laser vision correction. For laser vision correction the corneal topography map is used in conjunction with other tests to determine exactly how much corneal tissue will be removed to correct vision and with what ablation pattern.
REGLAZE YOUR GLASSES
This is the option for you if you love your current frames, but need to:
• Repair your broken lenses
• Update your prescription
• Replace your scratched lenses
You can use this service by calling us at 0161 445 4723 to book an appointment with one of our staff members.
Cataract Referral Service
A cataract starts as a small clouding of the lens and at first, has little effect on your vision. Cataracts gradually get worse over many months or years. You may notice that your vision is blurred, like looking through a frosted window. A cataract may also make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright or glaring/dazzling. Colours may not appear as bright as they once did.
The optometrist will look for signs of cataracts when you come in for an eye examination. However, if you think you may be developing cataracts ask him to tell you if they have detected any clouding of the lens in one or both eyes. Also, ask whether you would benefit from cataract surgery. If you do, you will be referred to a specialist clinic where further examinations will be made before the surgery is approved.
Myopia can increase due to a number of reasons. The risk of myopia change increases with genetics, child growth, near work and lack of natural light. Although we cannot control certain elements of myopia, we can take action to slow the progression of myopia in children.
Studies over the past 10 years on various forms of myopia control (glasses, contact lenses, cycloplegic drops etc) have produced varying results. Specially designed spectacle lenses and glasses have been shown to reduce myopia progression by 40-60%.
The prevalence of myopia is projected to increase from nearly two billion people worldwide in 2010 to almost five billion people in 2050, bringing with it near and long-term eye health challenges.
In reality, the number of young people in the UK with myopia has more than doubled in those aged 10–16 years over the previous 50 years, and youngsters are becoming myopic at an earlier age.
Myopia can impact a child’s development
More than 80%(4) of children's learning occurs through vision. Myopia can seriously impact your child's eyesight and life.
More children are getting myopia at a younger age – partly due to a rise in sedentary indoor lifestyles and an increasing amount of time spent in near activities. The younger a child develops myopia, the further it evolves and the higher it becomes.
Children developing short-sightedness at a younger age may have an increased risk of developing high myopia and the risk of developing visual impairments in adulthood, such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, myopic degeneration and early cataracts.
Myopia Management Plan
We have a specific care plan for Myopia Management so that your child is carefully looked after throughout the whole process. The plan covers the cost of lenses, fees for all necessary tests and follow-ups, aftercare, advice and support that is needed to make this successful. There's a lot of information involved in understanding the whole process. We, therefore, recommend you book an appointment to come and discuss this further with fully accredited staff.
From checking pads and screws and fitting free replacements when required
To adjusting frames to make sure they fit comfortably
To treating your specs to a special deep-clean in our ultrasonic bath
To freshen up your lenses with a professional lens clean
To providing expert advice on looking after your glasses