When it comes to ensuring your eyes are healthy; regular eye examinations are of the utmost importance, even if you don't wear spectacles.
Here at Krog & Whitehead Optometrists we provide thorough eye examinations that are designed to take your own specific needs into account, coupled with follow-up care to help pinpoint any future problems.
You can attend an eye examination at either of our branches, located in Raunds near Wellingborough and Whittlesey near Peterborough. We also offer home visits for the housebound and a special children's eye test aimed at making younger visitors feel comfortable.
We offer a primary glaucoma screening and co-management service. We are fortunate to be working with Mr Manjit Manak who is a specially qualified glaucoma optometrist. Mr Manak works in conjunction with a senior consultant at the Peterborough District Hospital.
Glaucoma is the name for a group of diseases which cause progressive gradual degeneration to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is caused by a number of factors. These can include; high internal pressure of the eye, poor blood flow to the eye and genetic factors.
Glaucoma affects your peripheral vision and often goes unnoticed by the patient. Glaucoma can affect people very suddenly, making them feel sick and cause pain to the eyes. These cases require immediate urgent assessment. Those patients with a family history of glaucoma and over the age of 40 are entitled to an annual NHS examination.
We can offer home visits for people who are housebound. We use the latest portable diagnostic equipment and are able to bring the modern consulting room to the comfort of your own home.
We are part of the shared-care diabetic retinopathy scheme in Cambridgeshire, with a direct link to Hinchinbrooke Hospital; the coordinating hospital for all diabetics in the region. Digital photographs of the retina are taken and graded according to the UK National Grading Standards. All of the optometrists are active in this screening programme.
If you have diabetes this does not necessarily mean your sight will be affected, but there is a higher risk. If your diabetes is well controlled then you are less likely to have problems or they may be less serious. However, if there are complications that affect the eyes, this may result in loss of sight.
Most sight loss due to diabetes can be prevented, but it is vital that it is diagnosed early. This can only be detected by a detailed examination of the eye. Therefore if you are diabetic, annual eye examinations are extremely important as you may not realise there is anything wrong with your eyes until it is too late.
Poor vision can hinder a child's development. Failure to spot and deal with any inadequacy in young eyes can often lead to even bigger difficulties in later life. It is vital that children are taken for regular eye examinations. A thorough binocular visual examination will detect any shortcomings that may hamper your child's learning ability at school.
All children should have a full eye examination before they go to primary school and regularly thereafter. Research has shown that the development of a child's visual 'system' is largely complete by the age of 8 years, after which age there is little scope for improvement in lazy eyes.
So the earlier treatment is started, the better the possible results. Remember that all children's eye examinations are paid for by the NHS.
We provide a number of services, including private eye examinations, NHS eye examinations (for those who are eligible) and a complete dispensing service. Spectacles are personally delivered and fitted, with any adjustments being made at the time of delivery and there is a totally free aftercare service available.