Eye Health

Childrens eyecare

Look after your eye health with the help of our expert care and advice

We pride ourselves on freely sharing our clinical excellence and expertise with our patients.

That’s why we’ll always advise you on your eye health and always have time to answer any questions you have.

Wondering if you need to book in for a check-up? Here are a few common eye problems explained.

Flashes and Floaters

If you’ve never experienced it before and suddenly get flashing lights or things floating in front of your eyes, it can be quite alarming.
Try not to panic. Often they’re caused by minor conditions such as:

  • Migraines: can cause visual disturbances (flashing, flickering lights) and intense pulsing headaches.
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD): natural movement of the eye’s surface and lining.

However if you develop floaters or flashing lights, it can be signs sight threatening conditions also so please contact us as a matter of urgency.

Glaucoma

There are several different types of glaucoma which can affect people of all ages (although it’s most common in adults 70 and over). Many people don’t even realise they have it, as it’s often symptomless to begin with.

If not identified and treated in its early stages, glaucoma can lead to loss of vision.

The only way to detect glaucoma is with a routine eye exam. Our practice has specialist screening equipment for detecting the early warning signs of glaucoma, allowing us to act fast and diminish its effect on your sight.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related Macular Degeneration impacts the part of the eye responsible for central vision, eventually damaging its ability to function properly.
Common warning signs of AMD are:

  • Reading becoming difficult
  • Colours appearing less distinct
  • Finding it increasingly difficult to recognise faces

The two main types of this condition are Dry AMD (the most common and least serious version) and Wet AMD (more serious due to the rapid vision deterioration it causes). Both will require careful management and treatment from us.

Cataracts

Cataracts can sometimes develop in the lens of the eye, preventing light from fully reaching the back of the eye. This could make your vision cloudy or misty
Over time, cataracts become worse and have a serious effect on vision. Our experts can diagnose and recommend the best management, whether that be surgery or spectacle correction.

Blepharitis

This is a condition where the eyelids become inflamed and irritated. Common symptoms include:

  • Eyelids becoming itchy, sticky, sore or red
  • Crusty or greasy eyelashes
  • Burning or gritty feeling in your eyes
  • An unusual sensitivity to light
  • Swelling around the eyes (particularly the eyelids)
  • Discomfort with contact lenses
  • Eyelashes growing unusually (or loss of eyelashes)
  • A dandruff appearance on the base of your lashes

We have a fantastic treatment regime for Blepharitis, so if any of these symptoms sound familiar, please book in for a consultation.

Dry Eye Syndrome

The result of interrupted or unusual tear production, symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:

  • Burning and red eyes
  • Eyelids that stick together when you wake up
  • Temporarily blurred vision, which usually improves when you blink
  • Increasingly watery eyes

We offer a great management system for dry eyes through our specialist clinic, which you can learn more about here.

Dry eyes