Digital Fundus Photography

Here at Jane Smellie Opticians we believe that our primary role is to look after the health of your eyes. To that end we have invested heavily in modern technology to allow us to offer an extremely high standard of eye care. We are well equipped with a team of experienced, highly qualified and friendly staff on hand to provide expert help, advice and assistance. The importance of regular eye examinations cannot be over emphasized. Not only does the eye examination check your vision, it can also detect signs of underlying health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. To have good quality vision and healthy eyes is priceless. We are dedicated to ensuring that you get the best possible care for your eyes and the widest options of products available.

We are delighted to inform our customers that all our eye examinations include the use of a state of the art digital retinal camera which takes a pho tograph of the back of the eye.

These images are very useful in monitoring changes in the eye which could be indicative of disease such as glaucoma, diabetes or high blood pressure.

Regular photography means that even the smallest changes are picked up much earlier than they would be with a conventional method of examination, and the results are easily transferred to your GP or consultant if necessary.

The photographs are quick and painless, involving a brief flash of bright light. Within a few seconds the image is displayed on a screen and you will have a chance to see within your own eye and discuss the picture with the optometrist. If you have very small pupils or cataract we may need to put drops into your eyes to enlarge your pupils in order to get a good image. The drops can affect your vision and we recommend that you do not drive for approximately 2 hours afterwards so, if this is necessary, you may be asked to come back another day. The majority of people do not need these drops. Fundus photography is an integral and essential part of our Advanced Eye Examination. Unfortunately the fee paid by the NHS for a NHS sight test only covers a limited number of tests which we feel is not adequate for good eye care.

Our Advanced Eye Examination

History and symptoms

We will ask you several questions regarding your vision, health, medication and family history. This is crucial information that we utilise in our clinical decision making.

Vision and prescription check

This is where we check what you can (or can’t!) see with and without your existing spectacles and assess how we can improve your vision with a new prescription.

Examining the health of the eye

This is one of the most important clinical aspects of the examination. We use several different types of instruments, including the retinal camera, to examine the health of the eye.

Pressure test (Tonometry)

This is the measurement of the pressure of the eyeball, it is important in the diagnosis of glaucoma and in monitoring the effectiveness of medication used to control it.

Slit lamp examination

This is like a large microscope that we use to examine the outside of your eye, lids and lashes in greater detail.

Discussion of your eye-care needs

This is the final part of your examination. We will go over the results of the tests that we have performed and advise you of any changes in your spectacle prescription. If we have concerns with the health of your eyes we will refer you to either your G.P. or the hospital for further tests. The Optometrist will then introduce you to another member of the team who will help you with frame choice, discuss your lens options and answer any queries you may have.