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In Scotland,  all UK residents are eligible for a free sight test every two years from the National Health Service.  If you are under 16,  over 60,  diabetic or have glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma you are recommended to get an eye examination every year.

fundus bannerFundus photography uses a specialized digital camera to painlessly photograph the inside of the eye. This technology allows detailed colour digital images of the macula, major blood vessels, optic nerve head and other structures at the back of the eye to be recorded for immediate assessment and future reference.


What will I be able to see?

The digital images can be viewed immediately on a computer screen, if you are interested your Optometrist will be happy to show these to you and explain the various structures.

What are the benefits?

Fundus photographs provide immediate information and a "benchmark" for future reference. This allows "normal" variations to be identified and recorded and abnormal changes to be identified more easily. This assists in the early diagnosis of disease, in monitoring the outcomes of treatment and in patient education with respect to sight threatening changes caused by general health problems.

A photograph can assist in the detection and management of: Glaucoma Macular Degeneration Hypertension Diabetic Retinopathy Retinal Detachments Other sight threatening conditions


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At MM Eyecare Optometrists all of our practices offer contact lens trials and fittings.  If you would like to find out more about contact lenses and what may be suitable for you then please give your local practice a call and make an appointment to have a consultation with the optometrist.

The initial consultation is free of charge and we have a wide range of contact lenses to suit all needs,  with many starting from less than £1 a day.



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Meares-Irlen Syndrome is when the writing on a page does not seem to stay still;  it may seem blurred or squashed up and there may be changing or doubling of letters.  This sensation may cause nausea,  discomfort or even pain from the glare of the paper.  It can also give sufferers headaches and tired or sore eyes.  These are just some of the symptoms of Meares-Irlen Syndrome and sufferers may have other symptoms. 

It has been found that using a coloured overlay can stop these symptoms and can make reading much more comfortable and a more pleasant experience for the sufferer.  Different colours are suitable for different people.


 

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Sometimes the DVLA require people to take a test to find out how good their peripheral vision is before they will issue a driving license.  If the DVLA feel you should take this test they will refer you to your local optometrist who provides this service and is registered with them.  Both our Summerston and Linlithgow practices are registered with the DVLA to provide these driving visual fields tests.  We are looking to hopefully get our Stirling and Bo’ness practices registered in the near future.

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Your eyesight is important and we want to ensure that you have regular checks which not only tell you if you require glasses but also check the health of your eyes. We know that it is not always possible for someone to get out and to their local optician, this may be due to ill health or a disability, and we are pleased to be able to provide a home visit service for anybody that is housebound and cannot make it out to their local opticians unaided.  This service is provided by our sister company Visioncare at Home, you can find out more information about Visioncare at Home by visiting their website ww.visioncareathome.co.uk

If you would like to receive a home visit you can contact Visioncare at Home directly or you can call your local MM Eyecare Optometrists and we can get in touch with them on your behalf.

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Legal requirements mean that employers must ensure that they are looking after their employees’ eye sight. At MM Eyecare Optometrists we want to try and make this as easy for you to achieve as possible. We are happy to book out a days clinic at your local practice where we will happily examine your employees’ eyes. These eye examinations are free due to all UK residents being eligible to receive a free NHS eye examination in Scotland, for more information on this visit our Eye Care page. Call your local practice today to find out more and to make arrangements for your staff to have their eye’s examined.

If you are looking for eye examinations to be performed on location our sister company Visioncare at Home would be happy to help with this. Visit their website at www.visioncareathome.co.uk for more information, or alternatively give them a call on 0141 332 0057 to speak to a member of staff who will be happy to assist you.

safety glasses_bannerYou may be required to wear safety glasses to perform tasks at your work.  Those who require their vision to be corrected this may mean wearing goggles over the top of your prescription glasses which is perhaps not the best solution. Rather than do this you may be better off with prescription safety glasses.
At MM Eyecare Optometrists we are able to supply you with prescription safety glasses.  We have a wide range of safety glasses, and lens types to suit every task. We can also supply VDU (Visual Display Unit) glasses which employers may be required to provide for you if you work at a computer, or another form of VDU for lengthy times within your job role.

If you, or your employees’, require prescription safety glasses or specific VDU glasses give your local MM Eyecare Optometrists a call and we will be happy to help and provide you with some more information.


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Dry Eye has a number of causes. It happens mostly as a part of the natural ageing process but can also be caused by problems with blinking or problems with the glands that produce the tears. Contact lenses carry an increased risk if you have dry eye. Tears are important as they form a layer on the front of the eye, called the tear film.  This layer lubricates the eye making it moist and smooth.  It also protects the eye from dust and plays a part in focusing light.

Dry eyes feel irritated, scratchy, dry and uncomfortable.  There may also be blurred or unstable vision but this normally goes away after a short while or on blinking.

Tear film stability tests are easily and frequently carried out in the practice and depending upon the findings a suitable form of treatment can be recommended.



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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) causes a gradual loss of central vision. Central vision is needed for reading, driving, recognising faces and doing detailed work.

The decline to severe loss of vision can vary from months to years – depending on the type and severity of ARMD. Visual loss caused by ARMD cannot normally be reversed.

In some cases, treatment may halt or delay the progression of visual loss.   ARMD is the most common form of macular degeneration and develops in older people. (There are other rare types of macular degeneration which occur in younger people.) ARMD can affect anyone. It is the most common cause of severe sight problems (’visual impairment’) in the UK and becomes more common with increasing age. 

About 1 in 100 people aged 65-75, and about 1 in 8 people aged over 85 have ARMD severe enough to cause serious visual loss. About twice as many women over the age of 75 have ARMD compared to men of the same age.  

An internal check of the eyes is conducted during each eye exam to check for Macular Degeneration and further supplementary tests can also be conducted to check progression or onset.  At MM Eyecare we like to make sure that your examinations are regular and thorough.




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A cataract is a clouding of part of your eye called the crystalline lens. Your vision becomes blurred because the cataract is like frosted glass, interfering with your sight. It is not a layer of skin that grows over your eye.  If you have been told you that you have a cataract, don’t be alarmed. Many people over 60 have some cataract and the vast majority can be treated successfully.  Cataracts may not affect your sight for a long time but regular checks are essential to monitor the progression.

The most common type of cataracts is age-related cataract. These develop as people get older. In younger people cataracts can result from conditions such as diabetes, certain medications and other longstanding eye problems. Cataracts can also be present at birth.   Although researchers are learning more about cataracts, no one knows for sure what causes them. There may be several causes and some studies have linked smoking, excessive exposure to sunlight and poor diet with cataract development. Sometimes cataracts are caused by other health problems such as diabetes.

The treatment for cataract is an operation to remove the cloudy lens. However, a good diet may help to slow the growth of age-related cataract.   Nowadays, with modern surgery the operation is usually done as soon as your eyesight interferes with your daily life. This includes having any difficulties with looking after yourself or others, cooking, driving, getting out and about, being able to read, work or do the things you enjoy.  At MM Eyecare we like to know that you are getting the best out of life, so call today to make an appointment.

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Glaucoma is an eye condition where the nerve connecting the eye to the brain (the optic nerve) is damaged. This can lead to tunneling of the vision.  In most cases, the damage to the optic nerve is due to an increased pressure within the eye.  Treatment to reduce eye pressure can prevent,  or delay,  glaucoma from getting worse.  All adults over 40 should have regular eye checks to detect early glaucoma.

The eye examination will detect early signs of glaucoma before any significant vision loss occurs. 
The eye test will include:

     •     measuring the eye pressure
     •     a look at the back of the eye with a special torch
     •     checking the field of vision

The eye pressure can be lowered, in most cases with a simple eye drop.
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f the eye pressure is lowered, further damage to the optic nerve is likely to be prevented.
At MM Eyecare we have the latest equipment to detect and monitor glaucoma.

 
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