HEALTH

Ophthalmic Health Comes First

Detection of eye disease is the primary function of an optometrist. Having the latest equipment allows in depth examination of your eye health. It is to the benefit of everyone in Scotland that the sight test is NHS funded and means that eye care is accessible to all, regardless of affordability. 


We normally refer patients to the Hospital Eye Service if an abnormality is detected requiring further investigation. However, private referrals are also possible to The Edinburgh Clinic and Shawfair Spire hospitals.

 

EMERGENCY CARE

Taking Care of You

We have an emergency appointment set aside daily, so to make sure we can accommodate you. We will investigate urgently any signs and symptoms you may be having that constitute an emergency. We can refer any serious problem directly to the Hospital Eye Service, Private Hospital or to your GP for further evaluation and treatment.

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UV LIGHT AND THE EYES

Chronic exposure to UV light is associated with many eye conditions ( see below)

It is well know what damage UV light can do to the skin. It is common place to use sun lotion to protect against this. What is less known, is that UV light can also cause damage to the eye and surrounding area. With their larger pupils, clearer crystalline lens and more sensitive tissue, children are more susceptible to UV light. Damage that may be done at an early age does not become apparent until later in life. Our children's glasses are made with UV protected lenses. Ask about UV protection in your ophthalmic and contact lenses.

BASAL CELL CARCINOMA

This is the most common malignant eyelid tumour worldwide. It is a slow growing cancerous growth which almost never metastasises. Treatment is removal by surgical excision. Any lumps or bumps should be investigated carefully and timely.

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PTERYGIUM

This is a growth that invades the cornea. It is slow growing and doesn't always progress very far. It is not usually a problem unless it crosses the cornea so far as to affect vision. It can then be surgically removed by an ophthalmologist.

CATARACT

This is probably the most common eye problem in the UK. It is a more prevalent condition in an ageing population. Vision gradually becomes hazy and deteriorates. After vision has decreased by a certain amount, surgery to remove the lens can be indicated. An implant is put in its place, restoring the vision that was affected due to the cataract. However, other ocular pathology can temper the improvement in vision a little.

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OTHER VARIOUS EYE CONDITIONS

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK. Damage is done to the back of the eye, that can in time cause deterioration in vision. There is a screening service in Scotland that photographs eyes to check for early signs that may need further investigation. Diabetes can can changes in your vision, especially when undiagnosed. Diabetics benefit from regular eye tests, usually on an annual basis.

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AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD)

This is a very common condition of the macula. It primarily affects your central vision and can come in two types - Dry and Wet. Dry AMD develops over a longer period of time than Wet AMD. The Wet type affects vision quickly and deeply and needs urgent referral. Injections are the usual treatment for the Wet type. Diet and supplements are two important factors in people with the Dry type.

FUCH'S ENDOTHELIAL DYSTROPHY

Fuch's is a condition involving the posterior layer of the cornea. It usually develops later in life and has a pretty strong familial genetic link. Damage to this layer breaks down the delicate equilibrium of water in the cornea, causing oedema of the central part of the cornea. This presents as blurring first thing in the morning, gradually clearing during the day. Progression of Fuch's is variable and surgery is sometimes indicated.

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