Eye Health

An eye examination checks the health of your eyes as well as your vision. This is particularily important as we grow older as many common eye conditions are associated simply with age.  Other factors that can affect the health of your eyes are long term medication and general health issues. For these reasons it is important to have a regular eye examination with an optician.  Optomising your vision undoubtly improves quality of life, independance and safety.

Macular Degeneration

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Macular Degeneration is a condition that affects the most sensitive part of the retina, the macula.  Which is responsible for our ability to see fine detail such as the words on a page, a picture or a friendly face.

More info on Macular Degeneration  Marjorie's Story

Glaucoma

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Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions which cause optic nerve damage and can affect vision. Chronic Glaucoma is the most common type.  As a chronic condition its effects occur slowly over time.  In the early days there are no signs or symptoms and eyesight will seem unchanged.  As pressure builds up it doesn't cause any pain but the vision is irreparably damaged.

More info on Glaucoma Lillian's story

Diabetic Retinopathy

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The most serious eye condition associated with Diabetes is Diabetic Retinopathy which causing damage to the network of blood vessels in the retina. Early detection is key to successful treatment and with the case of Diabetic Retinopathy this is best done with a detailed eye examination.

More info on Diabetic Retinopathy Theresa's Story

Cataract

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Cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which very commonly occurs with old age and causes a drop in vision.  Cataracts typically progress slowly, vision will become misty, contrast will be reduced and if left untreated they may lead to severe vision loss.

More info on Cataract Mabel's Story

Hemianopia

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Hemianopia is a term which describes a major loss to a person's field of vision where often only half of their world can be seen.  The main causes are Stroke, TIA's, Brain Injury and Brain Tumour. Not everyone who suffers these conditions develop Hemianopia but some do and it is vital that there is an awareness about the condition.

More info on Hemianopia Roy's Story

Correct Spectacle Wear

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For those of us that wear them, spectacles are something that we often take for granted.  Many elderly people require separate prescriptions for distance and close vision.  These can be either produced as two separate pairs of glasses or as multi-focals, (bifocals or varifocals) which combine both pairs in one.

More info on Correct Spectacle Wear Bobby's Story

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