Sight Test

Dedicated Optometrists

We are pleased to provide all of our patients an extensive 30 minute sight test examination with one of our dedicated optometrists. This examination may be funded privately or by the NHS. Ask one of our team regarding your eligibility for an NHS eye examination.

Your optometrist will not only determine your latest spectacle prescription, but will also monitor the health of your eyes, which can be an indicator to your general health. As part of our comprehensive examination we provide digital photography of the back of your eye, at a nominal charge.We aim to make your examination an enjoyable experience, and have recently invested in new equipment that allows us to check the pressure of your eyes with ‘No puff’.

We also offer the following services:
Digital photography, Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, Glaucoma Refinement Screening, Cataract Screening.


 
 

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Let us look deeply into your eyes with our new 3D OCT.

What is OCT?

It’s our brand new piece of kit which allows us not only to photograph the retina at the back of your eye. But also allows us to carry out a 3D deep layer scan of your retina too. OCT stands for optical coherence tomography. It uses low energy red light to scan the sensitive tissues deep in the retina in a similar way to ultrasound.

Deep layer scanning enables us to view areas that are unseen with normal photography. This has the advantage that it may highlight early signs of eye problems. Early detection of eye conditions can help you maintain healthy eyes with optimum vision.

Problems related to diabetes, glaucoma and macula degeneration always have a better outcome the earlier they are detected.This additional examination can be carried out with your routine sight test for a small additional fee of £30

Call us on 01928 732255 to book your appointment.

Dry Eyes

What are dry eyes?

Dry eye  occurs when your body doesn’t make enough tears to keep the surface of your eye moist, or when the tears that you produce evaporate too quickly, due to deficiencies in the tear layer.

Every time you blink the eyelid spreads tears across the surface of your eye. These tears drain away through natural drainage channels called the puncta, into your nose where they evaporate.

If your tears are not in the correct balance, your eyes will become dry and may be painful or irritable.

Anyone can be affected by dry eye, however over 40’s are more likely to suffer from dry eye symptoms. Women are also more likely to be affected by the condition, which is often prevalent during the menopause. Other causes of dry eye include side-effects to medicines, illness and damage to your eyelid caused by disease or injury.

Common symptoms

Dry eye can be a painful condition characterised by the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of dryness, grittiness or soreness in both eyes, which get worse as the day goes on 
  • Redness of the eyes 
  • Watery eyes, particularly when exposed to wind 
  • Eyelids stuck together on waking up 
  • Eyes feel worse first thing in the morning 
  • Burning or itchy eyelids with red rims.

 
 

Our Dry Eye Clinic

Diagnosis

At Taylor’s Opticians we understand how difficult dry eye can be to manage; That’s why we have introduced our Dry Eye Clinic. This is a private service, as the NHS do not fund the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

During your initial assessment appointment, your tear quantity and quality will be assessed along with a health check of the areas of the eye that contribute to your tear production, a detailed questionnaire will also be completed to asertain your level of dry eye.

Following this examination you will be guided through a management programme that will help to alleviate your discomfort

Treatment

Although dry eye may not be cured, the signs and symptoms of it can be carefully managed, helping you to alleviate your discomfort.

Common treatments include:

  • Keeping hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoiding air conditioned atmospheres where the air is artificially dry.
  • Blink exercises and lid massage
  • Heat treatment
  • Use of vitamin supplements
  • Rebalancing eye drops.