Using both direct assessment with our specialised equipment and computerised imaging techniques we can assess many aspects of eye health.

A slit-lamp bio-microscope enables an optometrist to look in detail at the anterior or front part of your eye. Your eyelids, lashes, tear film, conjunctival membrane, cornea, iris and lens can all be assessed.

An ophthalmoscope or a special high powered lens with the slit-lamp enable the optometrist to look through your pupil and lens to see the retina at the back of your eye. This is the only place in your body where the blood vessels can be seen without skin covering them so we can see evidence of conditions which affect the blood vessels such as high blood pressure or diabetes. We can also assess the head of your optic nerve where it leaves the eye carrying information to your brain.

Raised pressure in the eyeball can lead to damage of the optic nerve and a reduction in the amount of information which it carries. This is one example of glaucoma, which is a leading cause of loss of vision in the over 40s. If undetected it can be many years before the visual loss is noticed and lost vision can not be recovered. For this reason we will routinely check the pressure in your eyes and use the information from the visual field screening test to check for early signs of glaucoma.

Photographs or OCT scans of the retinal can also help in detection of early stages of some eye conditions and also help us to keep an accurate record for comparison in the future.