Your eye examination at Probert & Williams Eyecare
Regular eye examinations should form an important part of everyone’s normal health checks. Not only can they detect eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts even before you notice the symptoms yourself, but also general health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. For most people, we recommend an eye test every two years or so, but we may advise you to have a more regular check if you have particular clinical needs, for example if a close relative has glaucoma.
Basic NHS eye examinations do not include the most modern diagnostic tools. We therefore recommend extended eye examinations for all. Please ask our friendly staff for more information.
You can also join one of our eye care schemes which cover all your professional fees and gives significant discounts on glasses and contact lenses.
Not only do we provide routine eye examinations and contact lens assessments, but we also provide many other specialist clinical services including dry and watery eye assessments, punctal plug fitting, blepharitis management, complex contact lens fitting and emergency eye care.
We also provide clinic space for a private ophthalmologist, who runs regular clinics at our Aberystwyth practice. Please ask our staff for more information.
Our expert optometrists can carry out eye examinations on people of all ages. We pride ourselves on taking extra time to get to know you and work out solutions to your personal requirements.
Our eye examinations aren’t just a basic test of your sight. Your optometrist will test you for conditions like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. We recommend an enhanced eye examination for all, which includes more time with the optometrist and scanning with the state of the art 3D optical coherence tomographer (OCT) machine. We were proud to be the first practice in the area to be able to provide this service.
Eye examinations shouldn’t be something to be worried about, that’s why our optometrists will take time to explain what they are doing and the results of the tests. Routine eye examinations do not include anything that is painful, although we sometimes use eye drops which sting a little.
At the end of the examination, your optometrist will have a chat with you about your results, and answer any questions you might have. At this point, we will make recommendations based on your needs and the results of your assessment.
We are proud to have been the first practice in the region to be able to provide 3D retinal scanning with an optical coherence tomographer (OCT) machine when we acquired our first machine in 2010. Since then we have been keen to keep on the cutting edge of technology, and in 2016 we worked with world-leading ophthalmic imaging company, Topcon, to bring the state of the art ‘swept source’ OCT Triton to our Aberystwyth branch. This incredibly sensitive piece of equipment helps us detect conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy in their early stages. We believe this should form part of a routine eye examination, however it is not currently covered by the basic NHS sight test. We therefore recommend everyone has our enhanced eye examination which involves scanning with the OCT Triton and analysis by our expert optometrists.
The test itself is totally painless and, from your point of view, is like having a photograph taken. It only takes a few seconds, but provides us with a cross section of different parts of the back (and sometimes front) of your eyes, almost as if we were looking at the structures under a microscope. It also provides us with a clear photograph of your retina. Not only is it useful for picking up conditions early, but it is very useful to compare with old scans
Ocular Coherence Tomography is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to reveal the many layers that make up the back of the eye. This particular 3D OCT unit captures a digital photograph of the inner surface of the eye at the same time, so that areas of concern identified by the scan, can be cross referenced with the classic view of the back of the eye that your optometrist sees.
We take time to analyse the results and are happy to explain your scan in detail. This machine allows us to more confidently diagnose and manage any conditions found but for the majority of patients, OCT provides a good baseline record of your eyes and significant reassurance that the deeper layers of their eye are healthy.