Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
The diabetic eye is vulnerable to many complications and maybe more prone to glaucoma. Regular checks can detect these eye conditions at a time when treatment is affective, but before symptoms have developed. These tests require drops to dilate the pupils so should not be done before driving.
Driver's Vision Assessment
We are recognised as a centre for DVLA assessment of vision and visual field for drivers.
A common problem where either too few, or poor quality, tears are produced. This condition can lead to symptoms varying from a mild itch to intense discomfort and watery eyes. Investigation and advice are available including therapy with Punctum Plugs, invisible devices designed to help retain tears on the eye surface.
Duffy Optometrists are one of only a hundred or so practices nationwide equipped with an Intuitive Colorimeter for prescribing the precision tinted filters often helpful for students with specific reading difficulties, dyslexia or dysgraphia.
We regularly provide eyecare to the housebound or those who live in residential or nursing care. Not being able to attend the practice does not mean that you need to neglect your vision in fact your eyesight is probably more precious.
We are familiar with the latest procedures available in the field of surgical refractive correction and can give impartial advice about your suitability and possible outcomes. We also provide post-surgical aftercare examinations referred by Optimax.
Low Vision Services
For those people who cannot achieve a satisfactory standard of vision with ordinary spectacles we have a wide range of low vision aids available, and can advise on the most appropriate to use.
Migraine & Colour Therapy
Recent research by Prof. Arnold Wilkins at the University of Essex has demonstrated that individually prescribed, precision tinted lenses can reduce the Visual Stress which is sometimes a trigger for Migraine and photosensitive Epilepsy. We can assess for visual stress and pattern glare and prescribe suitable tints to relieve these problems.
Ocular Coherence Tomographer, 3D OCT
OCT is a new imaging technique that provides high resolution and cross-sectional images of the eye. An OCT scan allows microstructures of the eye to be imaged and shows different colour-coded layers of the retina. It is particularly useful in the diagnosis and management of eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, macular hole and glaucoma.
OCT uses high definition scanning and 3D imaging to be able to penetrate the soft tissues of the eye, in effect to peel back the layers and see what's happening within the tissue. The results can be used to identify many eye diseases at an incredible early stage and to monitor for change over time with great sensitivity. Never before has it been so easy to pinpoint the exact location of concern!
The scan takes a matter of minutes, and does not hurt. It uses light waves, similar to ultrasound to capture the different layers in the eye.
The use of our digital fundus camera allows us to photograph the retina at the back of the eye. The process is quick and easy, and most people will not even need eyedrops. A photograph of your eye allow early detection of abnormality or disease, and provides a permanent record for early detection of subsequent change.
Vision and Learning Assessment
This is an in depth assessment of binocular vision and visual perceptual anomalies often problematic for the dyslexic student, and includes screening for the benefit of colour.
Sometimes binocular vision and focussing problems can be corrected by exercises instead of spectacles. Eye exercises can often be done at home with simple, inexpensive equipment. We will discuss these options with you should they be appropriate.
Some evidence is available that progressive myopia can be controlled by the use of varifocal or contact lenses. We are happy to discuss these theories.
We always have emergency appointments available should you have a sudden change in vision, sore, red eyes, or a foreign body. Our specialised equipment means we can quickly and accurately assess the problem. Even if you have simply broken your specs, we will do all we can to help.
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