Eyecare at MacAdorey Optometrists

Eyecare & ForeSight

At MacAdorey Optometrists we have introduced ForeSight –a plan to provide the best eye care and eye wear at the very best prices. It provides a fantastic way of looking after your eyes and getting great value in spectacles.

In exchange for a small monthly fee all eye care charges will be waived whether it relates to your annual eye exam, recommended routine follow up, ocular emergencies or additional diagnostic techniques such as visual field analysis, retinal imaging or tonometry.

Over and above this all eyewear is provided at 30% discount.

All this for as little as £8.50 per month, the offer can be extended to include some or all of the family.

Why not ring our practice and ask for information. Our friendly and helpful staff will be delighted to post out an explanatory leaflet.

At MacAdorey Optometrists we charge £25 for a routine eyesight examination. This includes retinal photography.



REMOVAL OF 'FOREIGN BODIES'

A 'foreign body' could be any type of material that blows, drops or lands in your eye such as grit, paint or dust.

Some objects such as grit or paint may blow or drop onto the front of the eye or under one of your eyelids. These 'superficial' foreign bodies need to be removed to make sure they do not become embedded or to prevent irritation that may lead to conjunctivitis or a painful corneal scratch.

Activities such as hammering or grinding may mean foreign bodies such as pieces of metal might enter your eye at high speed, which can cut through the outer layer of your eye, (called the cornea) and can be extremely dangerous. If left untreated this could cause eye infections or loss of vision, which may require surgery.

If you have a foreign body in your eye you need to be checked and treated as soon as possible.


'FUNDUS' OR 'RETINAL' PHOTOGRAPHY

Modern technology means that we can now use a special camera to take photographs of the back of your eyes.

This allows us to see any abnormalities very easily, and provides a permanent record of the condition of your eyes at a certain date. This is especially useful if you have diabetes, glaucoma, or many other conditions as we can compare any changes to the 'snapshot' we have on record. Each time you visit us we can take photographs of the back of your eyes and compare them to photographs that we took last time. It is much easier to spot problems if we can see what your eyes look like now and also how they are changing over time. And the earlier we spot problems, the more likely it is that they can be treated before they cause irreversible damage.

The process itself doesn't hurt at all - all that is involved is a brief flash of light as the photograph is taken and the image will appear on the computer screen.


'FLASHERS' AND 'FLOATERS'


What are 'flashers' and 'floaters'?

When you look at the sky or a bright background you may notice small 'floating' particles or 'floaters' These are caused by tiny specks of protein in the clear liquid inside your eye, are quite common and usually harmless. As you get older they become more obvious, as the clear liquid begins to deteriorate as part of the natural ageing process.

If you see 'flashes' or streaks of light at the edge of your vision this is a sign that the clear liquid is shrinking slightly, and this is again not usually a cause for concern, however it may be a sign of something more serious and so we would advise you to book in for a detailed eye examination as soon as possible.

It is especially important for you to see an optometrist if you begin to see flashes or floaters for the first time, if they seem to change or if you notice them in increased numbers.


'RED EYE' OR 'CONJUNCTIVITIS'
If your eyes are red you may have 'conjunctivitis' - inflammation of the thin membrane covering the front of the eye and the lining of the eyelids.

The main symptoms of conjunctivitis are red watery eyes, inflamed inner eyelids, blurred vision, an uncomfortable, scratchy feeling and, sometimes, a sticky or watery substance that can make your eyelashes stick together This might make it difficult to open your eyes when you wake up, and your vision may distort slightly when you blink.

Infectious Conjunctivitis

Infectious conjunctivitis may be caused by bacteria or by a virus. It can occur in one eye, but often spreads to both as it may be very contagious. If you wear contact lenses you must seek advice because the lenses may have become contaminated.

Allergic and Chemical Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by an allergy to dust or pollen, cosmetics, animals or fabrics. Exposure to intense light from welding equipment can lead to a marked conjunctivitis known as arc eye or welder's flash.

Chemical conjunctivitis may occur after exposure to irritants such as air pollution, noxious fumes and chlorine in swimming pools.

As conjunctivitis can develop into a more serious condition that could harm your vision you should make an appointment to see your optometrist promptly for diagnosis and treatment.


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