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EYE HEALTH FAQ'S

Answers To Your Questions

 

WHERE SHOULD I GO IF I HAVE AN EYE PROBLEM?

In Scotland, the advice now is to present to an optometrist as first port of call for any eye problem. We have the necessary equipment to evaluate your presenting signs and symptoms accurately. We can then liaise with your GP, pharmacist or the Hospital Eye Service if indicated. Many eye problems can be managed by an optometrist. However, there are many more needing management in secondary care. Any eye problem should be investigated as soon as possible.

CAN I GET A SAME-DAY APPOINTMENT?

If you have an ocular emergency that is deemed serious enough to be seen same day, we will find time to see you. We do have an emergency appointment set aside daily for such cases. For routine appointments, we are usually booked a week in advance, but sometimes there are cancellations.

IS THERE A COST FOR THE SIGHT TEST?

NHS Scotland funds sight tests in Scotland at determined intervals, whether in the practice or at home. If presenting between these intervals and there is an eye problem needing examined, this is also covered. Outside of this a private test carries a fee, as do other tests not covered by the NHS. Contact lenses are private, and the NHS doesn't fund these examinations.

HOW LONG ARE THE SIGHT TEST APPOINTMENTS?

For a primary eye test, we book 45 minute appointments. This means that you aren't rushed and we have the time to investigate all of your symptoms thoroughly. It also means we have time to discuss your findings, give you advice and answer any questions that you may have about your eye health and glasses.

DOES THE OPTICIAN DO ALL OF THE TESTS??

Yes. Jonathan will conduct all of the tests himself without delegation. We feel this gives a real-time snapshot of your eye health and reduces the risk of missing any important details. After evaluating all of the information at hand, he can then comprehensively discuss your eye health with you.

WHAT IS AN OCT?

An OCT (Optical Coherence Tomographer) is specialised equipment that takes a cross-sectional scan of the posterior eye. It can pick up early signs of eye disease, such as Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Macular Hole, Vitreo-macular Traction etc. This is beneficial when tailoring advice to people on their eyes and referral to secondary care.