Your eyesight is priceless and deserves the best of care - at Chandlers Opticians we hope to keep your vision in the best possible condition at all times. Without good eyesight every day activities such as reading, driving and watching T.V. become difficult and your ability to work may be compromised. You may suffer discomfort or visual headaches due to poor eyesight.

For most situations symptoms such as these can be relieved by providing an up to date and accurate prescription but poor vision may also indicate the presence of potentially serious eye conditions like cataract, glaucoma or macula degeneration. Many problems with poor eyesight develop slowly and it is possible that you won’t notice any symptoms at the outset of the condition.

So for good up to the minute vision and for confidence that your eyes are healthy you should have an eye examination typically every two years. Those with specific ocular or more general conditions such as diabetes should come more frequently and children should be screened regularly, especially if there is a family history of poor eyesight.

The Eye Examination

Eyetest

Our professional optometrists will evaluate your visual needs by combining modern examination techniques with a discussion to highlight your visual requirements. They will then issue a prescription, if required, and explain any changes to either the focusing system or the health of the eye.

If further examination or tests are required you will be referred to your general practitioner or, in some cases, directly to the ophthalmic department at a local hospital.

Your eye examination will include:-

  • History and Symptoms - we will discuss any previous problems you might have had with your eyesight and general health as well as talking through any current areas of difficulty.

  • Refraction - assisted by computer based technologies we will determine which lenses are required to give you the very best vision possible for specific visual tasks e.g. driving, VDU use, reading etc.

  • Binocular assessment - we will consider how well your eyes work as a team and think about ways of making them fully contribute to comfortable, strain-free long term vision.

  • Ocular Health - we will look at the back of the eyes to see if there are signs of ill health whether due specifically to ocular disease or more general systemic malfunctions.

  • We will measure the intra-ocular pressure to ensure there is no glaucoma in the older eye and have the facility to perform tests investigating peripheral visual fields. We are constantly updating our equipment and our practices have the facility to take photographs of the retina to help identify and monitor ocular disease, as well as three dimensional scanning of your retina.

  • Ancillary tests - we will always add extra tests when there is clinical validity in making the measurements and have equipment to review a wide range of further issues such as colour vision or depth perception.

Eye Care for Children

Child having an eye test

We believe eye examinations are essential for every child as they use their eyes to gain so much vital information as they grow and develop. If children have poor vision, learning may be more difficult and their behaviour and enjoyment of life may be affected.

Research shows that as many as one in five school aged children has an undetected eye problem. Typical warning signs are excessive blinking, complaints of discomfort, peering closely at books or TV and not being able to easily see a board in class.

A check before starting school is advisable and for the very young we have picture charts which do not require reading skills. Children’s eye care is funded by the NHS and we have a large selection of frames at very attractive prices.

Age and Vision

Eyesight changes quite naturally with age and most older people need spectacles of some type to help them see properly and continue to live life to the full.

Regular eye care for older eyes is important as ocular disease can be more prevalent. During an eye examination we are also able to give advice, if required, on improving lighting and the use of special magnifiers or low visual aids for those whose vision cannot be fully corrected with new spectacles.

The NHS funds eye examinations for all over 60s and supports the purchase of spectacles for many people both young and old that are on a low income and benefits.

Optomap and OCT

Optomap

Regular eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. Here at Chandlers we offer the optomap and OCT images as an important part of our eye exams.

The optomap produces an image that is unique and provides us with a high resolution 200 degree image in order to ascertain the health of your retina. This is much wider than the traditional view of 45 degrees.

The OCT gives a detailed scan through the layers of the retina – which of course can’t be seen any other way.

Many eye problems can develop without any symptoms; indeed you may not even notice a change in your sight. Fortunately, diseases or damage such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough examination of the retina.

The inclusion of the scans as part of our comprehensive eye exam provides:

  • Images to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
  • A view of the retina, giving us a more comprehensive view than can be seen by other means.
  • The opportunity for you to view and discuss the images with the optometrist.
  • A permanent record for your file, so we are able to map any changes.