Bellamy Eye Care

Eye Care

What you can expect from our eye examinations

It’s a cliché to say that eyesight is the most important of the senses but it’s true. Consequently, we need to look after your eyes. Alan and Tracey, our optometrists, have both been practising for many years and have pretty well seen everything. They have also invested a great deal of time and money in continuing professional development in specialist areas. These include complex contact lens fitting, orthokeratology (see here) help for those with low vision,and dry eye treatments.

We specialise in more complex cases – either visual or involving the health of your eyes. That’s not to say that we don’t want to see you if you just need a routine sight test! You can expect the same high standards whatever your needs.

 

What you can expect from our eye examinations

  • Firstly, and in some ways, most important – we will take the time to listen to you. Whatever your concerns regarding your eyes or your vision we want to hear about them so we can address them.
  • We set aside appropriate appointment times of up to 45 minutes. This means we are not rushed and have time for any investigations/procedures that are required.
  • You will see the same optometrist each time you visit us – Tracey in Irthlingborough and Alan in Leicester. This provides continuity of care as we get to know your visual needs.
  • After we have carried out your eye examination we will explain in plain English what we have found and what, if anything, needs to be done about it.
  • We provide a range of different appointments for different eye conditions. Take a look below to see what we offer.

Why do we have different types of appointments?

Different people have different needs.The majority of patients just need a standard sight test where we refract the eyes to find if glasses are needed or, if they are already worn, whether there has been a change in prescription or not. During the sight test we examine the eyes and connected structures to look for any disease or abnormality that the patient is not already aware of.

We use the most up to date equipment and set aside plenty of time so that you can expect the highest level of care. At the Leicester practice you can opt for OCT scans (see here) for the most through analysis of the central retina and optic nerve head. This is especially important in the investigation of macular degeneration and glaucoma.

But what if you wake up one morning with a red eye? Or start to see little grey flecks floating about? Or your GP recommends you get your eyes checked as you have been given new medication? These, and many other circumstances don’t fall under the sight test – you need more specialized investigations of the problems that you are experiencing. To draw an analogy, you don’t take your car for an MOT if the engine is making an odd noise, you want the mechanic to find out what is causing the problem and to remedy it. This is why we offer the range of appointments below.

 

Different Examinations And Fees

How can we help?

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Dry Eyes

Let us put an end to your unnecessary discomfort

If you suffer from dry eyes, our specialist clinics can help you manage the symptoms of sore, gritty, red and watery eyes. These problems are sometimes caused by ageing but can also be linked to pregnancy, excessive use of contact lenses and a variety of environmental factors too.We can help you establish the cause of your problem and then prescribe appropriate treatment to relieve your symptoms quickly and efficiently.

The clinic also supports customers with common eyelid problems such as cysts or blepharitis. These are conditions that few GPs have the equipment to help you manage effectively but which can interfere with your quality of life.

Children's Eye Care

Your child’s eye care is particularly important while they’re growing and developing, and we encourage you to bring them to see us regularly

Many parents assume any problem their child has with their vision will be identified by their teachers or even by the child themselves. But the truth is that children only know their own experience of the world, and assume this is ‘normal’. Unfortunately this means that often you can’t rely on your child to tell you if they’re struggling with their vision.

We have a special interest in helping children overcome concentration and learning problems which can be caused by undiagnosed eye conditions. What’s more, all under 16s are eligible for NHS sight tests, so it will cost you nothing to check their eyes are in proper working order. If they need glasses, we have a wide range of spectacles for children, and there’s a separate collection for teenagers too.

Visual Aids

Support your vision with our visual aids

There are more treatment options than ever before for serious eye conditions but sadly not all can be halted. If you have particularly poor vision which cannot be corrected solely by the use of glasses or contact lenses, there is invaluable help available for you at Bellamy Eyecare.

If you’re at a stage in your life where a degenerative eye disease has taken its toll, we’re one of the few places where you can get special aids to support your vision and help you stay independent in your own home.

For more information on our practice or to book an appointment, give our friendly team a call on 01162 531750 or 01933 653226.