We have always aimed to provide the highest level of clinical eyecare at our practice.
Our eyecare practitioners have worked in practice over the years to enhance their knowledge.
We are a recognized centre for extended role services in the community. We work closely with the local Ophthalmology Departments at St Thomas’s and Kings College Hospitals.
Minor Eye Conditions
The minor eye conditions service involves the assessment and treatment of a number of eye conditions in the community under the NHS. You can be referred by your GP or self refer for assessment. The optometrists will perform the assessment and is able to see you for a range of conditions including red eye, sticky eye, watery eye, pain or discomfort in or around the eyes and recent onset or sudden increase of flashes of light or floaters.The service aims to improve eye health and provide increased access to eye care nearer to your home or work. This is a wonderful extension to the hospital eye service in particular the eye casualty.
The glaucoma referral refinement scheme allows the optometrist to repeat the intraocular pressure test and the visual field test when the initial readings are abnormal.The optometrist is then able to make a more informed decision whether you are suspicious of having glaucoma. If you are in need of referral, the optometrist is able to directly refer you to a local hospital for in depth glaucoma screening and avoids going to see your GP to be referred.
Most cataracts occur as part of the normal ageing process.
If your Optometrist informs you that you have a cataract but you can see clearly and they are not causing a problem, there is no need to do any more but have eye examinations at intervals recommended by your optometrist. However if the cataract is causing you visual problems such as difficulties reading or driving then it is possible for you to have cataract surgery. If this is indicated the Optometrist will perform a dilated fundus examination.
The details of the risks and benefits of cataract surgery will be discussed as part of the details of the surgery.
You will have time to discuss any issues or concerns you have and together make an informed decision to have surgery. The optometrist is able to refer you directly to a local hospital of your choice for surgery. Eight weeks after surgery you can return to have your spectacles updated.
Age Related Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration (AMD) affects the ageing population.
There are different types of AMD but only the wet variety can be treated under NICE guidelines. If the Optometrist feels your symptoms or signs are indicative of Wet AMD you will be referred directly to the AMD clinic at the local hospitals and treated appropriately. This scheme forms part of the wet AMD direct referral pathway.