We offer the best in Optometry because we want to help you maintain the health of your eyes.
As well as standard eye examinations and contact lens appointments we also offer OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) retinal scans, Colorimetry & Dry Eye clinics.
Our optometrist partner, Yegi, has done specialist training that allows her to work closely with local hospitals in the NHS MECS - Minor Eye Conditions Service. So our EYE HEALTH APPOINTMENTS are your first port of call for minor eye problems. By Minor we mean that we treat conditions that can wait until we are open - obviously sudden total loss of sight in one or both eyes or agonising pain needs seeing immediately at your local A&E department (WHH, QEQM, Maidstone or Pembury). We also work closely with local hospitals on Glaucoma monitoring schemes and direct cataract referrals.
Unfortunately many eye conditions result in such incremental changes in vision that by the time you notice them permanent damage will have occurred, in addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration have no warning signs and are not associated with any pain.
We were the first practice in Faversham to install an OCT a couple of years ago and it has revolutionised our ability to detect AMD, it has proved invaluable in the detection and prompt referral of macular degeneration and other eye conditions. Unlike a conventional retinal photograph the OCT takes a detailed scan and cross section of the retina meaning that small changes can be detected by comparing scans from year to year. A scan isn’t included in an NHS examination but most people feel that the £25.00 charge is a good investment in their eye health for the future.
The OCT scanner was previously only available in hospital eye departments but we have invested in one because of its huge benefits in early diagnosis referral of various eye conditions but in particular glaucoma and age related macular degeneration.
We have specialist clinics for Visual Stress, sometimes also called Meares Irlen Syndrome. We offer free assessments to investigate pattern glare causing reading difficulties and further appointments to investigate the need for colour overlays and individually prescribed precision tints for glasses with our Colorimeter. We routinely find improvements in reading speed and accuracy of 30% or more. The same technology can also help some types of migraine, visual loss after a stroke and Charles Bonnet syndrome. Our Dispensing Optician partner Cathy is always happy to talk to you about any of this.
Who does what?
An Optometrist performs eyes examinations and prescribes corrective lenses or spectacles to those who need them. Optometrists are trained for at least four years and learn to examine the eyes to detect signs of injury, disease, abnormality and defects in vision. In addition, some general health conditions (for example diabetes) show themselves in the eye and an optometrist is also trained to detect these and refer patients to other healthcare professionals as appropriate.
A Dispensing Optician is trained to accurately assess the individual needs of the customer and recommend and provide the most effective eye wear products and solutions after taking account of visual, lifestyle and vocational needs. A major part of this is the interpretation of your optical prescription and the recommendation of lenses, tints and coatings to provide optimum visual performance, Dispensing Opticians enjoy problem solving.
An Optical Assistant is often your first point of contact in practice as their main focus is on customer service. They have a good knowledge of the latest trends for both frames and lenses, with a special focus on frame selection; exploring customer needs thoroughly, analysing prescriptions and offering assistance according to face shape and aesthetic preferences. Optical Assistants ensure that the collection of your new spectacles is conducted in a professional manner and they also perform many clinical and administrative tasks.
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