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We’ll look after your eyes
It’s a cliché to say that eyesight is the most important of the senses but it’s true, nonetheless. Consequently, we need to look after our 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. Over the years they’ve seen over 40,000 patients at the two practices so you’re in good hands.
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 importantly – we will take the time to listen to you. Whatever your concerns regarding your eyes or your vision we want to hear about 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 needs.
Why do we offer different types of appointments?
Different people have different needs. For the majority of patients most of the time a standard sight test is ideal. However, 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.
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 a range of appointments.
Eyeplan – Care, Quality and Value.
Eyeplan clients are not restricted by NHS rules on when you can have a sight test and what is, and is not, allowed. We can give you the eyecare that you need, when you need it. And save you on average 30% of the cost of your glasses.
All for a small monthly fee! There’s a little more information here or give us a call or drop into the practice to find out more.
Standard Sight Test
Standard Sight Test
For the majority of patients a standard sight test is ideal, Here we refract the eyes to find if glasses are needed or, if they are already worn, whether there has been a change in prescription. 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. You can upgrade to the Comprehensive eye examination if further, more in-depth investigations are required.
This is paid for by the NHS for those who qualify. The private fee is £35.
Comprehensive Eye Examination
Comprehensive Eye Examination
For when you need more in-depth investigation either into the health of your eyes or perhaps for a particular occupational requirement. Here we will carry out whatever tests are required over and above the standard sight test specific to your needs. This also includes writing any reports that you may need such as for work, GP, DVLA.
At our Leicester practice we have invested in an OCT scanner (see more here.) This is among the most advanced equipment available to optical practices. It provides an incredibly detailed, thorough investigation of the back of the eye and the optic nerve. OCT scans are especially prudent when checking for macula degeneration and glaucoma.
For private clients the fee is £49.50. NHS clients can upgrade to the Comprehensive Examination for £30.
Minor Eye Complaints Examinations
Minor Eye Condition Services
These appointments are for problems such as a red eye; sore, itchy eyes or perhaps you are seeing flashing lights and floaters. We are trained and equipped to investigate these more medical issues. We will identify the problem and advise how to deal with it or, If necessary, we will refer you to an appropriate specialist.
Fees – £49.50. The NHS does not contribute to this type of examination. For free NHS treatment you have to visit your GP.
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.
Fees are £49.50. The NHS does not pay for these examinations.
Visual Aids for partially sighted.
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 low vision aids (LVAs) to support your vision and help you stay independent in your own home.
We will find where you’re experiencing the most significant problems, try a range of LVAs to find which will help you. We will then show you how to use the LVA so that you get the best out of it.
Assessment fees £35. Cost of individual LVAs varies.