At Auerbach & Steele, we provide a full range of optical services. The health of your eyes is important and so our eye examinations are entirely conducted by our fully qualified optometrists using the most up to date equipment available. As well as cutting edge optometry, we have a huge range of frames in stock for you to choose from. Added to this we have our own lens fitting services, a full range of contact lenses from the leading manufacturers and unparalleled aftersales services.
The experienced optometrists at Auerbach and Steele operate the world’s most advanced consulting room equipment. We are able to scan the anatomy of the eye and store these computer images on patients’ records allowing any changes to be immediately apparent in subsequent examinations.
Our optometrists have between them over 60 years’ experience in fitting all types of contact lenses and will be happy to talk you through all aspects of contact lens wear and care.
We only supply contact lenses from the branded manufacturers.
Routine eye test
- 40 minutes
- Detailed case history
- Assessment of refractive correction
- Ocular muscle balance
- Visual field assessment
- Occupational spectacle advice
- Anterior and Interior eye checks
Non-routine eye test
- 20 minutes
- Specialised visual fields assessment
- Repeat IOP measurments
- Follow up visits
- Emergency appointments
- Medical Reports per assesment
- OCT scanning £60
Contact lens initial
- 60 minutes, plus up to 5 teach and progress visits
- Requirements, availability & suitability
- Full routine examination
- Assessment of suitability
- Fitting & supply of trial lenses
- Progress visit & finalisation of fit
Annual contact lens
- 40 minutes & progress visit
- Assessment & evaluation of current lens fit & power
- Assessment of refractive correction (spectacle and contact lens)
- Evaluation of updates that need to be made to contact lens wear
- Potential new trial and progress check on new trials
- Visual fields assessment and intra ocular pressure
- Eye health checks
What to expect from your eye examination
Your full eye examination will take approximately 40 minutes, sometimes longer if further tests are needed. Our optometrists will test your vision and check the health of your eyes. This process involves finding out about your general health, personal and family medical history and your life style, including your experience with glasses and contact lenses prior to your visit to Auerbach & Steele.
Eye movements and co-ordination are checked to make sure that both eyes are working together, and that undue stress is not being placed on the eye muscles. Good muscle balance is particularly important if you use computers or read a lot.
If you need glasses to improve your vision, we will work out exactly what prescription you need. Your prescription may also determine your choice of frames and lenses.
In some cases we may need to dilate your eyes to get a better picture of their health. This is a simple procedure that allows our optometrist to gain a better view of the inner portion of the eye and assists them in diagnosing common diseases and conditions, possibly at their earliest stages, including: diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, retinal detachment and glaucoma.
To obtain a higher resolution picture of the structural layers of the back of the eye and to further explore those problems that can’t be diagnosed by looking at the surface of the retina we can use an Optical Coherence Tomography Scanner (OCT).
We will send you a reminder when your next appointment is due. However, if you have a problem with your vision or your eyes before your next eye examination is due do not hesitate to contact us and make an appointment.
We are no longer registered with the NHS for eye examinations or supply of spectacles. Please note that our fees will apply to all consultations from December 2018.
Read more about some of the most common eye disorders which can be corrected with spectacles or contact lenses.
Common eye disorders
Some of the most common eye disorders which can be corrected with spectacles or contact lenses are:
Presbyopia. This is normal and usually starts in your mid-40s, when reading small print especially under low light conditions becomes difficult. This is due to a natural hardening of the focusing lens.
Myopia or Short-sightedness. This occurs when the eyeball is too long and light is focused in front of the retina, making distant objects blurred. Often people with myopia will struggle to see distant objects but be able to read close reasonably well.
Hyperopia or Long-sightedness. This occurs when the eyeball is too short and the focus of light within the eye falls behind the back of the eye. It is a myth that all those with long sight can see in the distance well but struggle with close work, as this is not always the case. The majority of the population is mildly longsighted (and generally doesn’t need glasses).
Astigmatism. This occurs when the cornea (the window of the eye) is shaped like a rugby ball, causing the light to split into two focuses within or behind the eye. This is normal and usually accompanies both myopia and hyperopia.
Dry eye conditions
Common causes include:
- being in a hot or windy climate
- wearing contact lenses
- certain underlying medical conditions, such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
- side effects of certain medications – including antihistamines, antidepressants, beta-blockers and diuretics
- hormonal changes in women – such as during the menopause, pregnancy, or while using the contraceptive pill
Although the condition may affect people of any age, your chances of developing dry eye syndrome increase as you grow older.
It’s estimated up to one in every three people over the age of 65 experiences problems with dry eyes.
Dry eye syndrome is more common in women than men.
How dry eye syndrome is treated
Dry eye syndrome isn’t usually a serious condition. Treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms, which include:
- eye drops to lubricate the eyes
- medications to reduce any inflammation
- if necessary, surgery to prevent tears from draining away easily
If dry eye syndrome is caused by an underlying condition, treating this condition usually helps to relieve the symptoms.
Buy dry eye treatments here
Caring for your eyes
As well as medical treatments, there are some things you can do yourself to help prevent dry eye syndrome or reduce the symptoms.
- keeping your eyes and eyelids clean and protecting them from dusty, smoky, windy and dry environments
- using your computer or laptop correctly to avoid eye strain
- using a humidifier to moisten the air
- eating a healthy diet that includes omega-3 and omega-7 fats
Although dry eye syndrome may be uncomfortable, it doesn’t usually cause any serious problems. The two main complications associated with dry eye syndrome are:
- conjunctivitis – inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent layer of cells that covers the white part of the eyeball and the inner surfaces of the eyelids; most cases are mild and don’t need specific treatment
- inflammation of the cornea – in rare cases, severe untreated dry eye syndrome can damage the surface of the cornea (keratitis); this damage can make the cornea vulnerable to ulceration and infection, which could potentially threaten your sight
Contact your optometrist or GP, or visit your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department immediately if you have any of the following symptoms, as they could be a sign of a more serious condition:
- extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- very painful or red eyes
- a deterioration in your vision