The Eye Examination
We now recommend our Advanced eye Examination. This is to provide the highest level of care, and use of the newest technology to carefully look at all aspects of your eye health foremost, but also provide the most accurate level of prescription with individualised lenses measured to a hundredth of a dioptre (normally only a quarter of a dioptre!).
We screen the eyes for visual fields, ocular coherence tomography, optomap – an ultra wide image capture of the retina, tonometry (eye pressure), topography (corneal curvature), pachimetry (corneal thickness) and then high order aberrations of your prescription.
The examination is for 40 mins and carried out by one of our qualified optometrists who will be pleased to answer any queries you might have but also make recommendations for your optical needs.
Our professional care does not finish at the end of the eye examination.
Following your eye examination one of our Dispensing Opticians will advise you on the various ways we can satisfy your optical requirements according to you lifestyle. This will include, not only, differing designs of spectacle lenses and frames but also contact lenses and sunglasses, We are here to help ‘style’ frames for you
If at any time you have concerns about your eyes or your vision our professional staff will be pleased to give you the appropriate advice and help
- Any concerns that you may have concerning your eyes or your vision
- Any symptoms that you are having
- Your visual needs in relation to your work, hobbies, and lifestyle
- The examination of both the interior and exterior of the eye and the lidsIf you are over the age of 40 the pressure inside the eye will be examined.
Where necessary your field of vision will be checked:
- Your standard of vision both without spectacles and with any existing spectacles will be measured
- Using a combination of instruments and lenses we will determine if an optical prescription is required
- This result will be refined by asking you which lenses give you the best standard of vision
- The way in which your eyes work together will be assessed The option of Ocular Coherence Tomography to accurately record and measure the critical back retina area (£10 surcharge applicable) This is the most technically advanced scan to date. Lee Gilbert says” I recommend this to all patients over 40 or where thee is a need to accurately record the retinal area for possible changes- especially with conditions such as glaucoma AMD and diabetes.”
- Explain the results of the examination and advise you on whether or not a new or changed prescription is required.
- Advise you on appropriate spectacle and contact lenses for your individual requirements
- Recommend when you should have your next examination
- Answer any questions you may have
- Issue you with a prescription for spectacles if these are required.
Regular eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. Chalmers offers the OPTOMAP as an important part of your eye exams. The Optomap produces an image that is unique and provides us with a high-resolution 200 degree image in order to ascertain the health of your retina. This is much wider than a traditional 45 degree image. Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. In fact, you may not even notice any change in your sight.. Fortunately, diseases or damage such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.
- The inclusion of Optomap as part of a comprehensive eye exam provides:
- An image to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving your optometrist a more comprehensive view than we can get by other means.
- The opportunity for us to view and discuss the optomap images of your eye with your optometrist at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images to look for changes.
Ultra-widefield retinal imaging
The Optomap is fast, easy, and comfortable for anyone, including children,. The entire imaging process consists of you looking into the device one eye at a time. The Optomap images are shown immediately on a large computer screen so we can review it with you.
Ocular coherence tomography (OCT)
Ocular coherence tomography(OCT) is the newest technology to monitor the health of the eye-especially the delicate retina.
It is a 3D scan of the retina with both imaging of the back of the eye as well as through the layers of the retina. It can measure the thickness of the retina and so provides extra valuable information on the pressure in the eye that is not showing in the normal pressure measurements. It provides an excellent baseline report-so that any future scans can detect any changes that are occurring on or in the retina.
It is a non-invasive scan using light rays to take a cross section of the retina, which allows us to closely examine the various distinctive layers of the retina.
Any further information we can happily provide when you come in for your next full eye examination. If you would like this then please book in for an ‘extended eye examination’ whether on line of by telephone to the practice.
The Clearest, Sharpest Vision Is Here.
DNEYE Scanner For Ultimate Clarity And Contrast Of Vision
The Rodenstock Eye Lens Technology sets new standards in the field of made to-measure lenses. With EyeLT® and Impression® 2 and Multigressiv® lenses it is now possible to exploit 100% of your visual potential.
The key to this is high-precision measurement with the newly developed Rodenstock DNEye® Scanner. It provides a comprehensive individual assessment of your entire visual system, as well as the brightness-dependent changes of the pupils which allows you to use 100% of your visual potential.
Rodenstock can then provide B.I.G. lenses (Biometric Intelligent Glasses) that are individualised to your eyes. We have now upgraded to the latest instrument from Rodenstock that also does tonometry, pachimetry, and topography for even fuller assessment of your eyes.
The result is particularly evident in progressive lenses, but also with single vision or occupational lenses: Customisation Impression® 2 and Multigressiv® lenses that are tailored to each individual visual point perfectly to your eye. For maximum comfort and best compatibility.
Branded spectacles are provided by our preferred high quality supplier Rodenstock. Then when this information is electronically built into the spectacle lens it is enhanced further by the most accurate of dispensing measurements taken by the Impressionist instrument.
The health of your eyes is as important as all your healthcare, which is why that throughout all aspects of your visit to our practice you will be seen by fully qualified staff at all levels – but more importantly personally advising which is the best solution to YOUR optical needs – whether it be with spectacles frames or lens choice or contact lenses or laser surgery.
Following your eye examination one of our Dispensing Opticians will advise you on the various ways we can satisfy your optical requirements according to your lifestyle. This will include, not only, differing designs of spectacle lenses and frames but also contact lenses and sunglasses. We are here to help ‘style’ frames for you as we can offer our style consultation appointment to individually style the most appropriate frame for your needs and possibly offer some alternative ideas that you may not have thought of.
If at any time you have concerns about your eyes or your vision our professional staff will be pleased to give you the appropriate advice and help.
We are the only practice in South Wales that has invested in the latest technology to assess Visual Perception Problems.
Orthoscopics is the assessment to find if a patient suffers from visual perception problems or difficulties. This is carried out by Ian Chalmers and would take approximately 1 hour. It is not covered for by the NHS, and the fee for this is £50.
The assessment is firstly to find out what type of visual perception difficulty someone is having. Next we assess the best colour response for the eyes through the advanced “read-eye” instrument and then we can proactively provide the perfect filter (coloured lenses or overlays) to match this.These are precise narrow band coloured filters not like standard tints.
Its uses and benefits range from younger patients having difficulty with reading and writing, to dyslexic and dyspraxia. It can also be used to help migraine sufferers and relieve visual stress which can come from numerous causes, especially whilst using a computer for extended periods of time.
We are not trying to “sell” these lenses. We only want people to use the coloured lenses where it is shown that they have visual perception queries and WILL benefit from their use.
LASER VISION CORRECTION
Millions of people worldwide have now had their vision corrected by Laser treatment. At Chalmers Opticians we realise your desire to receive only the best treatment possible delivered by a surgeon that really cares.
If we do refer, then we want to ensure you will receive the best level of professional competence and care. We work closely with Prof Mohammed Mutaseb based in Cardiff at the Nuffield Private Hospital and with two clinics in London. The Focus Clinic and the Centre for Sight Clinic. All provide excellent service and can carefully discuss all the most appropriate treatments for your requirements – whether it is laser correction or clear lens replacement and cataract surgery.
- Highly experience surgeons – over 25,000 successful treatments.
- Treatments personalised for each eye to give you optimum vision correction
- The latest WaveLight and Swiss-made Ziemer Laser technology, equipment and techniques
- National care standards Commission approved
- High levels of patient satisfaction and rated number one in the UK with TrustPilot
- Complete transparency and the only clinic with published 100% Laser eye surgery success rates
- Extensive pre & aftercare rates and the facts about refractive surgery
- The only clinic to offer a fully comprehensive aftercare package with a 10 year guarantee
- All-inclusive treatments ensuring no financial surprises
- Celebrities clinic of choice
Am I Suitable For Treatment?
With Focus Clinics personalised vision treatments you have an even better chance of being suitable than ever before.
Who Can Benefit From Treatment?
The Wavelight laser was the only laser in FDA clinical trials that actually reduced wavefront optical abberation.
Whether you think your prescription is too weak or too strong, or you have been refused treatment previously through another clinic – you may be pleasantly surprised at what we could do for you.
You MAY Be A Good Candidate If:
- You are short-sighted (myopic) Up to -9.00D
- You are Astigmatic – Up to -5.00 CYL
- You are over 18 & with a stable prescription
- You have Healthy Eyes and good general health
- You have been refused treatment by another clinic
Making Your Choice Easier
The outstanding combination of quality patient care you have come to expect from us, together with the expertise of one of the UK’s most experienced consultant refractive surgeons means you can confidently rely on our treatment to achieve the excellent result you want.
Trust The Experts
Benefit from receiving friendly, unbiased advice from an experienced optician you can trust, together with exceptional care and surgical expertise from the UK’s number one and most trusted specialist eye clinic. The treatment takes place at Focus Clinics using the latest technology and the skills of our full-time refractive surgeon Mr David Allamby, although the initial assessment and aftercare will be carried out at our practice in Cardiff.
Your eyes are as individual as your fingerprints… They deserve Individual treatment
Chalmers Opticians in partnership with Focus Clinics treat all our patients as individuals, providing treatments that are customised for your eyes only.
Focus Clinics Is Different
Focus Clinic will take time to reassure you at every stage of your comprehensive consultation.
Successful laser eye surgery is about selecting and screening for the right candidates. With well chosen eligible patients and an expert surgeon, both results and safety are extremely good. Focus Clinic is very selective about which patients to treat, and take a quality over quantity approach to vision correction. Making sure patients are highly suitable for laser surgery has allowed Focus to achieve a 100% 20/20 success rate for all common short-sighted prescriptions
You will be introduced to your surgeon who will inform you about what results you can expect.
Treatment will only take place once, after a consultation with you, we are confident that it will be suitable for you. The same high levels of care and understanding continue throughout our comprehensive aftercare programme.
Highly Qualified And Experienced Surgeon
Focus Clinics Medical Director and full-time surgeon Mr David Allamby FRCS(Ed) FRCOphth and is one the UK’s most experienced and highly trained consultant refractive surgeons. He is one of a limited number of UK surgeons who work in laser refractive surgery full-time.
All laser vision correction procedures are exclusively carried out by Mr David Allamby.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK eye surgery (‘laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis’) is the most widely performed laser eye surgery in London to correct short-sight, long-sight, astigmatism and presbyopia (the need for reading glasses)
WAVEFRONT OPTIMISED LASIK
Because Wavefront Optimized enables us to detect the most minute imperfections on the cornea, we can treat them with greater accuracy than traditional LASIK methods. If you have a common refractive error including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and mild astigmatism, you can also enjoy the benefits of this technology.
Excellent Quality Of Vision
Quality of sight is not just about sharpness of vision but also how you see in varied light situations, such as driving at dusk. The Wavelight Allegretto is clinically proven to produce an unsurpassed quality of vision in all lighting conditions compared to standard LASIK.
What Laser Eye Treatment Does NOT Correct
As a natural part of aging, everyone will require glasses for close-up activities (presbyopia). Although we cannot correct this, those requiring distance vision correction may still benefit from the treatment. Our expert team at Focus Clinic will be happy to discuss alternative treatment options with you during your consultation.
Please feel free to enquire into the possibilities for yourself at our practise at any time. If you are interested in having a full pre-assessment examination then it is currently carried out FREE OF CHARGE and you have no obligation to continue. In fact we insist that you are provided with ALL the information first BEFORE the decision is taken.
What’s Involved? – A Patient’s Journey
A series of simple eye tests, a short, virtually painless procedure and you could be enjoying the benefits of natural, unaided vision – it’s surprisingly easy.
Initial Assessment And Consultation
Our opticians will discuss the procedure and counsel you on any complications. An appointment will then be made to assess your suitability for treatment at Focus clinic in Central London.
At Chalmers Opticians our expert staff will discuss the test results with you and decide whether you are suitable.
The short procedure takes place at the state of the art facilities of Focus Clinic, where a thin hinged flap is created on the cornea. It is carefully folded back to allow the tissue of the cornea to be re-shaped by a special laser which traces the eye to ensure accuracy time after time.
Following treatment, the flap is gently folded back into its original position and heals naturally, without the need for stitches.
Focus’ laser eye surgery results are exceptional, with a 100% success rate for 20/20 for our patients, for all common short-sighted prescriptions for the past 4 years. We know of no other clinic that has matched these results. Our 100% 20/20 results have been published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the official journal of the British Contact Lens Association.
Directly after the treatment your eyes will be re-examined. You will then attend a series of post treatment check-ups at our practice in Cardiff.
During your first few weeks you will also need to apply eye drops.
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FROM FOCUS CLINICS
IMPLANTABLE CONTACT LENSES
This is used for people who are unsuitable for laser correction or have high prescriptions. This can treat shortsighted prescriptions up to -25.00D and longsighted prescriptions up to +10.00D.
The lens works similarly to a contact lens. The difference is that the lens is placed inside your eye through a tiny opening at the top of the cornea, the lens is invisable. The only way that you, or anyone else will know that it is there, is the improvement in your eyesight. You can neither see or feel the lens once it is inside your eye. The lens is meant to remain permanently in your eye. However it can be removed if necessary-which is again a big advantage to create change if necessary.
REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE
This is for people aged 45 and above who are unsuitable for laser correction or who have high prescriptions. It can treat shortsighted prescriptions up to -25.00D and longsighted prescriptions up to +10.00D.
Here the natural existing lens is removed and replaced with a replacement corrective lens that can not only correct your prescription but also has the option of providing a multifocal lens to give you both distance vision and near sight without the use of supplementary reading glasses.
This can also be carried out by Mohamed Muhtaseb here in Cardiff Bay and we have had many successful patients delighted with the results provided by ths most complete surgical option.
WE RECENTLY HAVE LINKED WITH CENTRE FOR SIGHT IN LONDON UNDER THE STEWARDSHIP OF MR DAYA WHO WE KNOW HAS A WONDERFUL REPUTATION
ANY QUERIES WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ADVISE AS BEST WE CAN FOR YOU.