You want the highest quality eye care
You want to know if we have the expertise and the technology to do the job.
You also want to know if we take the time to look after you, because you don’t want to be rushed.
And you want to know if we have a genuine interest in each patient’s individual needs and preferences.
For expertise look at our optometrists (they’re the ones who carry out the eye examinations). They are not just fully qualified, they all have extensive and varying experience and are passionate about eyecare. They carry out additional training and accreditations every year and in their spare time they are all involved in the development and improvement of eyecare in Dudley and the West Midlands.
Do we have the equipment? Just look at some of the photos on our website. In addition to our consulting rooms, we have two separate rooms dedicated to specialist equipment. This enables us to provide advanced eye examinations and additional diagnostic tests such as OCT scans to detect potential eye problems as early as possible.
Do we take the time? Your eye examination usually takes 30-50 minutes, as not only are we thorough, we want to explain everything to you and answer your questions. In fact we encourage patients to allow plenty of time for their visits, for a full examination including dispensing advice we suggest you allow up to 90 minutes.
So how do you know if we care? Well the best way is to ask our patients, who come back year after year with their relatives and friends. All our work comes from personal recommendations.
You probably already know (or have heard ) that our eye examinations are very thorough.
The length and content of the examination will depend on the level of exam you have chosen or if additional tests are recommended.
We offer three levels of examinations; Basic, Advanced and Comprehensive.
Our examinations have at least two stages, pre-screening and the core exam.
Our Basic Exam contains the pre-screening and core procedures but does not include enhanced diagnostic tests that we believe are essential for proper eyecare. The NHS Sight Test is a basic exam and typically takes 30 minutes.
Our Advanced Examination includes all the procedures of the Basic examination plus digital imaging and extended Visual Field Tests. This is the minimum level of exam for all private patients and typically takes 40-50 minutes.
Our Comprehensive Examination is the most detailed examination we provide. It includes all the procedures of the advanced examination plus OCT scanning and typically takes 50 – 60 minutes.
All our exams include basic screening. This is carried out using advanced technology by our trained staff. During screening you will have the prescription and shape of your eye measured by a machine called an auto-refractor. Then we check the pressure inside your eye (tonometry) and finally you have your peripheral vision screened (perimetry). None of these tests are uncomfortable.
Your basic examination with the optometrist will always include:
A discussion of the reason for your visit, your visual requirements and health related questions.
A Refraction whereby your visions and spectacle prescriptions are checked
A Binocular vision evaluation to assess the ability of your eyes to coordinate to keep the vision comfortable and balanced.
An examination of your eyes using various instruments and microscopes.
It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when done thoroughly all that takes quite a while.
You will be given a copy of your prescription at the end of the examination as well as our advice and recommendations about the condition of your eyes and the results of any supplementary tests that were performed, together with any information leaflets that may be appropriate.
If you have decided to have one of our more advanced exams (which we recommend to all) then you’ll want to have a read of our sections on advanced eyecare to see what happens.
If you just settled for the basic entry level NHS exam you ought to read the sections on advanced eyecare to see what you are missing out on and why you want to upgrade.