Why a visit to The Eye Place is a trip to the opticians like no other…
At The Eye Place, patients are offered the most comprehensive eye examination in the UK using the newest, and highest quality technology in optometry and providing a ‘different level’ of eyecare.
Regular eye examinations are important, not only to assess your vision and prescription but also to examine your eye health. The Optomap and OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) machines photograph and scan the back of the eye in detail, providing our optometrists with invaluable data about the health of your eyes.
The Optomap is a digital retinal scanner which takes images of up to 85% of the retina. This painless, non-invasive process takes a scan of the inside of your eye in a fraction of a second, showing the optometrist more of the retina than traditional methods. The Optomap is an important tool for the screening and diagnosis of a range of eye and non-eye conditions. The images of your retina are available to view instantly, allowing our optometrists to determine the best course of action quickly and efficiently should any problems be detected.
Another state-of-the-art piece of eyecare technology is the OCT. This is another non-invasive imaging machine that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina. This allows each of the retinas distinctive layers to be seen in a 3D image. From this the optometrist can map and measure their thickness, which is essential for the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma.
The Eye Place’s services are not all based upon internal eye health and vision. The surface of the eye is just as important to take care of and monitor which is why we offer the EyeGienist™ clinic. The EyeGienist™ clinic at The Eye Place was developed by owner Alex Kemp over many years to manage patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome, blepharitis, and other anterior eye conditions. In an age where many of us spend long hours in front of a screen in heated and cooled environments, these conditions are becoming more prevalent.
The Eye Place’s EyeGienists™ are opticians who specialise in the surface of the eye, whose advice can vary from straightforward eye hygiene techniques, to specialist treatment for blepharitis. Eye hygiene techniques can be as simple as ensuring you are cleaning your eye lids and lash line using the right products and methods while remaining kind to the skin and ocular tissues. Eye hygiene products can include lid wipes containing anti-bacterial ingredients to help prevent bacteria reoccurring along the eyelid and hydrating eye drops.
Another at home method of managing eye conditions such as blepharitis is using an eye bag. This device is a warming bag that is heated up in a microwave to precisely the correct temperature. The bag is then placed over closed eyes for the advised amount of time to stimulate tear production. Not only does it do you good, but it is also very relaxing! Using the eye bag frequently, along with a good eye hygiene routine can help to relieve symptoms of dry eye and blepharitis.
The EyeGienist™ clinic can also treat blepharitis with an instrument called BlephEx™. BlephEx™ has been one of the most successful developments in managing Blepharitis and allows our EyeGienists™ to have an active role in treating blepharitis. This specialist piece of technology has been specifically designed to safely clean and exfoliate the eyelids and lashes. Using a patented micro-sponge, it carefully removes the build-up of debris and the exotoxin-laden biofilm from your lash line. Think of it as a facial for your eyelids!
One of the most important ways to care for your eyes at home is by protecting them from UV radiation. UV is something we usually associate with summer and warm weather; however, UV rays are always present and over exposure can contribute to degenerative eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma. Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from UV, not only do they shield your eyes from the sun and provide more comfort, but also block UVA and UVB rays.
It is important to remember when choosing your sunglasses that they carry the CE mark or British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013, ensuring they provide a safe level of UV protection. There are many different options when it comes to choosing your sunglasses, from style and shape, to functionality and lens types. Polarised lenses are a popular choice as these lenses are designed to reduce glare and are often worn for activities such as golf, fishing, and skiing. With winter often being wetter and occasionally snowy, polarised lenses will help to reduce glare from wet and icy roads and block the UV radiation reflecting from the snow.
These are just a few of the many ways you can look after your eye health. There are plenty of other things you can do at home that will help to boost your eye health including eating nutrient rich foods that benefit your eye health and functionality, keeping well hydrated and exercising regularly.
More information regarding our eyecare services can be found on our website, along with informative blogs about nutrition and exercise for eye health.
Locations: Belsize Park, Fleet Street, Fitzrovia, Spitalfields
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