eye-disorders

It is important to have regular, thorough eye exams, not only to ensure the ongoing health of your eyes, but also to detect whether any particular eye problems may have developed. Early detection of eye disorders is very important to improve the chances of successful treatment.

The procedures that we use to identify eye disorders are quick and painless. If we do detect a disorder, then our professional team has the experience and knowledge to offer you reliable advice on the different treatments available to alleviate your symptoms. Rest assured that we have successfully treated all types of eye disorders, over many years of practice, so you can trust in our experience and advice.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged at the point where it leaves the eye. Your eye needs a certain amount of pressure to keep the eyeball in shape so that it can work properly. In some people, the damage is caused by raised eye pressure. Eye pressure is largely independent of blood pressure. Some form of glaucoma affects about 2% people over the age of 40.

For a free booklet with more information please contact us or visit the International Glaucoma Association website.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of part of your eye called the lens. Many people over 60 have some cataracts and the vast majority can be treated successfully. A useful web resource can be found at cataract.org.uk.

For a free booklet with more information please contact us.

Age related macular degeneration

Just behind the pupil is the lens which focuses the light on the retina at the back of the eye. The macula is a small area at the very centre of the retina. The macula is very important and is responsible for what we see straight in front of us, allowing us to see fine detail for activities such as reading writing, as well as our ability to see colour.

It is the most common cause of poor sight in people over 60 but rarely leads to complete sight loss because only the central vision is affected. Macular degeneration never affects vision at the outer edges of the eye. This means that almost everyone with macular degeneration will have enough peripheral vision to keep their independence.

For a free booklet with more information please contact us or visit the Macular Disease Society website.

Retinitis pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa is hereditary. Sight loss is gradual but progressive. Most retain some useful vision well into old age. Early symptoms appear between the ages of 10 to 30.

For a free booklet with more information please contact us.

Retinal detachment

Retinal detachment often develops in eyes with retinas weakened by a hole or tear. Retinal detachment is more frequent in middle aged, short sighted people. However it is quite uncommon and only about one in ten thousand is affected. It is rare in young adults.

The most common symptoms are: Bright flashes of light, Showers of dark spots called floaters, or a shadow spreading across the vision of one eye. These symptoms are rarely painful. Flashes or floaters alone are not necessarily a cause for alarm.

If you experience these symptoms, please contact us immediately. For a free booklet please contact us at the practice.

Diabetes related disorders

Estimates suggest that nearly one in twenty five in the UK is affected by diabetes mellitus, a condition which means that, due to lack of insulin, the body cannot cope normally with sugar and other carbohydrates in the diet. Diabetes can affect the eye in a number of ways.

The most serious eye condition associated with diabetes involves the retina, and, more specifically, the network of blood vessels lying within it. The name of this condition is diabetic retinopathy and uncontrolled diabetes can be sight threatening.

For a free booklet with more information please contact us or visit the British Diabetic Association website.

What our customers say

“I want you to know how grateful we are for your help with my mother-in-law.......Following her first cataract operation she was quite distressed due to her prescription being wrong. Poor balance, poor vision, she had several weeks of this to look forward to until her second operation.

Enter Simon Falk and his team, heroes of the hour, to fit a temporary lens and take the time to talk to her about what to expect. Not only that but Simon wrote a strong letter to the hospital urging a quicker second operation.

My mother-in-law feels so much more confident and able to venture out.

This is just one example of your excellent service. My husband, my son and I have all been your clients for several years. We have now moved to Oxford but we have decided to continue as your clients. There can be no stronger recommendation than that !”
 Maya Harman