Eye Care

“Vision for a lifetime” has been the tagline used on all our communications with our patients for the last twenty years. Our philosophy is that the visual system is of prime importance to everybody. If we accept that 30% of our brain cortex is taken up with visual processing, when there are problems with visual perception this can have a major effect on people’s lives, as more of their cortex is suddenly involved in trying to process faulty information. The two areas that we are particularly interested in are childhood and old age. When the vision is developing and then declining.

We believe that a lot of emphasis is placed on measuring things in optometry, the rationale of the profession, our approach is more pro-active and holistic with emphasis on helping people understand the effect of poorer vision on their lives and how these problems can be seen as opportunities for growth for the individual.


Children’s Eye Care | Low Vision Aids | Diabetes | Dry Eye | Hay Fever


Children’s Eye care

As well as offering full child eye care provision we are involved in seeing children referred by the schools to be screened for special needs. By ‘word- of- mouth’ we have built a reputation for helping children with dyslexia. We work with them to build their confidence and self esteem. We look for the most appropriate long lasting solution. This maybe providing tinting or overlaying but is quite often simply explaining to them, citing examples of dyslexia patients who have excelled due to their improved work ethic, why we honestly believe they are lucky to be special and why – essential counselling for the parents.


Low Vision Aids (LVA)

We spend a lot of time with LVA cases providing specialist care and counselling. This work has evolved over the years to becoming psychologically based. Dedicated LVA clinics are run to help newly disabled people learn to cope with everyday life again. Time is spent explaining why they are behaving differently with family and friends and how to effect changes in their lifestyle.



Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. It is estimated in the UK that 750,000 people have the condition, but don’t know it! Diabetes can start in childhood, but it often begins later in life. There are two types – one is controlled by insulin injections and the other by diet or tablets both can affect the eyesight. However, having diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean that your sight will be affected, but there is a higher risk.

Most sight loss due to diabetes can be prevented. But it is vital that it is diagnosed early. So having a regular eye check is extremely important particularly as you may not realise that there is anything wrong with your eyesight.


Dry Eye

Dry eyes and dry eye symptoms are very common, particularly among older adults. There are many different causes. Dry eye doesn’t usually cause long term problems with your sight, but it is important if you find that your eyes feel dry, uncomfortable and irritated or you feel like there is something in your eye all the time that you contact us to make an appointment.

There are a number of tests that the optometrist will undertake to work out if you have dry eye and if you do, how dry your eyes are. These tests will help us decide how to treat your eyes. If it is confirmed that you have dry eye we will discuss with you what can be done to help you.



Hay Fever

Red, sore, watery eyes are especially common in hay fever with the eye becoming inflamed and the tissue around the eyes swollen. Sore eyes can be prevented by avoiding the offending allergens. A sufferer can do this by keeping away from pollen so the symptoms will become less severe.  Knowing the pollen count will help. The Met Office provides a pollen count. During the pollen season we sponsor the pollen count on WessexFm, the pollen count is also broadcast with the weather on national radio and TV, in the newspapers and can be found on the internet.

Hay fever sufferers can usually be treated by over- the- counter medication visit the NHS website for treatment advice.

However, not every itching or watery eye is a symptom of hay fever. The symptoms are also related to dry eyes. If your eyes are crusty and sore when there is no hay fever about it is advisable to make an appointment with your optometrist for an eye examination is recommended. Link to contacts It is only after fully examining your eyes that we can advise on the correct treatment for you.

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