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Eye Examinations - NHS and Advanced

If you want someone you can trust with your eyes, you’re in the right place. Your eye health is our top priority so we’ve invested in the most advanced equipment to help us detect eye problems before they become a problem to you.

We are the only optometry practice in Lancashire to have an Optomap and an OCT machine. We allow plenty of time for you to ask questions and to discuss your needs. Our optometrists undertake continuous education and training in eye disease.

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Patient having the Optomap Retinal Examination as part of the Advanced Eye Examination

Our Advanced Eye Examination includes the optomap imaging (not included as part of a NHS sight test):

Optomap retinal exam, is an extraordinary way of examining the eye thoroughly without pain or discomfort. The Optomap image allows the optometrist to view 80% of the retina at once. Only a few optometrists have this equipment; more commonly optometrists have a ‘fundus camera’ which shows only about 15% of the retina at once. As well as providing an outstanding view of your eye health, sometimes the optometrist might be able to detect general health problems with the Optomap. What’s more, it provides an exact record of how the back of your eye looks, so in the future any change can be found by comparing the images to previous years. In this way, eye disease can be detected at an early stage, whilst it is easier to treat. We encourage all our patients to take advantage of this and have the Optomap retinal exam. Click here to learn more about this advanced technology

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Optomap retinal exam, a detailed panoramic image of the back of the eye

 

Advanced private eye examination (with Optomap) £51.50

 

You may need a further test with our OCT machine which can look under the layers of retina at the back of your eye in microscopic detail. This helps us detect eye disease.

OCT (Optical coherence tomography)

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This is a very specialised instrument which reveals more about your retina and optic nerve than usual. We tend to recommend OCT if you or a family member has glaucoma or macular degeneration (AMD) or if we see something unusual during your eye examination. The OCT is a painless scan which shows the retina in cross-section (sliced through) so the optometrist can see the retina’s layers and what lies underneath. Some eye disease is invisible with normal methods so the OCT is often used if your vision isn’t perfect but we can’t see anything wrong during the normal examination.

The OCT costs an additional £30.

 

All our eye examinations include:

  • A detailed questionnaire of your eye history, your health and any concerns you have

  • A thorough check of your vision at all distances

  • A check of how your eye muscles are working

  • Testing for all eye diseases and abnormalities eg glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration

  • A check of your peripheral vision

  • A prescription for spectacles if you need them

  • Advice on types of spectacles and contact lenses to suit your lifestyle

  • Advice and opportunity to ask questions about your vision, your eye health and how to keep them healthy

 

If you are eligible for an NHS eye examination (please ask if you’re not sure) you can deduct the NHS fee from the cost of our full comprehensive eye examination. You may, if you prefer, decide to have the more basic NHS eye examination, in which case there is no charge to you but we do not include the Optomap in this. We feel the Advanced Examination (with Optomap) is worth paying a bit extra for, as it does give the optometrist a much better view of the back of your eyes.

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Patient's eyes being examined on the microscope

NHS eligible fully comprehensive eye examination £30.40