Shared Care Services
We have always aimed to provide the highest level of clinical eyecare at our practice. Many of our eyecare practiontioners have worked at Moorfields Eye Hosptial. We are a recognised centre for extended role services in the community. We work closely with the local Opthalmology Departments at St Thomas’, Kings College and St George’s Hospitals. With our involvement in the local Optical Committe we continually strive for enhanced services that enables a more local eyecare facilty and provides an extension of the hospital eyecare service.
Minor Eye Conditions
The minor eye conditions service involves the assessment and treatment of a number of eye conditions in the community under the NHS. You can be referred by your GP or self refer for assessment. The optometrists will perform the assessment and is able to see you for a range of conditions including red eye, sticky eye, watery eye, pain or discomfort in or around the eyes and recent onset or sudden increase of flashes of light or floaters.
The service aims to improve eye health and provide increased access to eye care nearer to your home or work. This is a wonderful extension to the hospital eye service in particular the eye casualty.
The glaucoma referral refinement scheme allows the optometrist to repeat the intraocular pressure test and the visual field test when the initial readings are abnormal.
The optometrist is then able to make a more informed decision whether you are suspicious of having glaucoma. If you are in need of referral, the optometrist is able to directly refer you to a local hospital for in depth glaucoma screening and avoids going to see your GP to be referred.
Most cataracts occur as part of the normal ageing process.If your optometrist informs you that you have a cataract but you can see clearly and they are not causing a problem, there is no need to do any more but have eye examinations at intervals recommended by your optometrist. However if the cataract is causing you visual problems such as difficulties reading or driving then it is possible for you to have cataract surgery. If this is indicated the optometrist will perform a dilated fundus examination. The details of the risks and benefits of cataract surgery will be discussed aswell as details of the surgery. You will have time to discuss any issues or concerns you have and together make an informed decision to have surgery. The optometrist is able to refer you directly to a local hospital of your choice for surgery. Eight weeks after surgery you can return to have your spectacles updated.
Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
If you have diabetes, the health of the eye must be examined yearly with dilated retinal fundus imaging. The diabetic eye complication screening service (DECS) takes place at particular sites. If you need assurance or have concerns about the state of your eye health or are newly diagnosed with diabetes and cannot wait for your DECS appointment we are happy to perform a screening at Banks Optometrists using our retinal image capture equipment.
Age Related Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration (AMD) affects the ageing population. There are different types of AMD but only the wet variety can be treated under NICE guidelines. If the optometrist feels your symptoms or signs are indicative of Wet AMD you will be referred directly to the AMD clinic at the local hospitals and treated appropriately. This scheme forms part of the wet AMD direct referral pathway.
Blood Pressure Screening
Measurement of your blood pressure can be included as part of your eye exam, please ask your Optometrist if you wish it to be performed at your next visit.
Low Visual Aids
Certain eye conditions such as AMD and systemic conditions such as Stroke affect the vision in such a way that spectacles may not help you in tasks such as reading. In these situations our Optometrist can demonstrate the usefulness of magnifiers to you.
We have a selection to try and purchase if they are helpful.