We give you time – and don’t rush anything because we understand that your eye care is very important and we want to be sure that nothing is missed.
An eye examination at our practice takes longer than usually expected, often 40 minutes, because of our commitment to excellence … and we carry out all necessary tests at every eye examination and use the latest equipment should we need to explore further . We aim to achieve your best visual potential and this can only be done by thoroughly checking your eyes, without rushing, your eye health and assessing your vision needs. We are also happy to discuss your vision and explain our findings to you
When you come to see us for a comprehensive eye examination or bring a prescription from another practitioner, we are happy to give a no-obligation consultation regarding your eyecare and eyewear and encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your needs. We are happy to offer free trouble-shooting advice on all aspects of eye care and eyewear
Our expert optometrists are fully trained, registered with the General Optical Council and bound by The Opticians Act to keep their registration in date with constant education and training.
For our SightPlan clients, extra tests are included in the plan structure. Find out more about our SightPlan here.
Focused on your eye health
An eye examination and OCT eye scan or eye imaging is recommended every year for all adults, unless there are pre-existing eye problems or if a child needs eye care. Childrens’ eyes should be examined more frequently since the developing child’s eyes are exposed to increasing stress in their exposure to computers and other electronic devices. We believe that more frequent care of your eyes is important and will tailor the frequency of your planned visits on an individual basis. Taking advantage of a membership of our SightPlan scheme, more frequent eye tests will cost you no more than at present – with the added advantage that your eye’s health will be monitored more closely and more often.
NHS and Private eye examinations
Our experts carry out both NHS and private eye examinations, as well specialist tests for Dyslexia (reading difficulties), the glaucomas, macular degeneration, diabetes, Dry Eye etc .. There is no charge to client for NHS sight tests, since the NHS pays us a contribution towards the cost and, in some cases, a contribution is made towards the cost of your glasses. Children are always eligible for an NHS eye test, as well as part (or all) of the cost of their glasses. Many of the specialist tests are also partly funded by the NHS and are often included in the standard eye test.
Mature eye assessment
Beyond the age of 60, the lens and retina at the back of the maturing eye is more liable to change and should be examine at least annually and we recommend that all eyes should benefit from the OCT eye scanner. The prescription, that provides comfortable and accurate vision, changes more frequently and the eye is less able to compensate even for small changes. The lens of the eye is hardening and, having been exposed to ultra violet (UV) radiation, is likely to be changing and may be showing signs of early lens changes or cataract. The retina at the back of the eye, having been exposed to blue light in earlier years, is more at risk from breaking down. Because of this, more frequent, annual eye examinations are recommended for those whose eyes are more at risk …. and where the NHS may not cover this frequency, SightPlan will cover the costs for its members.
Mounting evidence is showing that taking better care of your eyes when you are young pays dividends in later life, with less eye disease and longer life expectancy. As an example, protecting the back of the eyes with lenses that adjust to daylight will give them best protection against blue light damage. It is important to not only have your eyes tested regularly but to also take advantage of the sound advice given by our experts while they care of your eyes. Frequent and regular eye tests are going to identify eye strain and eye diseases at their earliest stage. We actively look for early signs of eye problems and eye disease, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease because the earlier any eye problem is detected, the easier it is to treat. Careful examination of the retina at the back of the eye is the most important feature of an eye examination at Ashleigh Sight Care. This is because the retina is a window to the vasculature (blood vessels) within the body and many undiagnosed systemic vascular diseases can be discovered with thorough retinal examination. Recognising these findings can potentially save vision and reduce the risk of morbidity from life threatening diseases.