Understanding Eye Care

A lot of people think going to the opticians is just about correcting your vision; perhaps getting a sight test, changing your glasses, or seeing if you could wear contact lenses.
And at Bayfields we certainly do all that. But there’s also so much more to eye care. We can also detect problems with your eye health and with your general health. And the sooner any problems are spotted, the sooner you can take steps to protect your eyes, your vision and your overall wellbeing.
The key to it all is a really thorough Bayfields eye test. It’s just 45 mins of your time, and most people only need one every 2 years. But remember: eye tests need doing even when your eyes feel fine. Neglecting the health of your eyes can lead to serious problems and even blindness.



Diagnosing eye problems

Did you know that an eye test doesn’t just check your sight? A thorough eye test also looks for early signs of any eye health concerns, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, keratoconus, detaching retinas, CMV retinitis, inflammation, swelling, and more.

Diagnosing problems with your general health

A thorough examination of the eye can reveal health problems elsewhere in your body, too, which you may have been unaware of. These can include diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, aneurisms and more. Besides being a concern in themselves, some of these disorders can affect your vision and your eye health.

5 ways we take care of your eye health

1. By hiring only the best people – and by ensuring that our optometrists and opticians get the highest standards of ongoing professional training.

2. By listening carefully – we’ll get to know you, taking careful note of your lifestyle; how you feel about your vision; and what you’re looking for when it comes to glasses or contact lenses.

By offering outstanding eye tests – even our standard eye test lasts 45 minutes (at most opticians’, it’s 20-25 minutes). Plus, for a small extra charge, we offer Advanced and Elite tests involving either one or both of our OCT and Optomap retina scans.

4. By using the best diagnostic equipment – we use award-winning, cutting-edge technology to provide the best possible eye tests and eye care.

By staying alongside you – we’re always here to explain things clearly, answer your questions, advise on how to look after your eyes, and address any problems as soon as they arise – whether that’s a worry about your vision or a loose arm on your glasses.
Man having an eye test at Bayfields

Optometrist providing a Bayfields eye test

How to look after your eyes


Have regular eye tests – because they can detect eye problems sooner, and can also indicate problems elsewhere in the body

Eat a healthy, balanced diet – green and yellow/orange vegetables, egg yolks, fish and whole grains can help to prevent certain eye diseases

Take enough exercise – to help prevent health problems which affect the eyes, such as high blood pressure and diabetes

Stop smoking – smoke contains toxic chemicals and reduces oxygen delivery to the retina, both of which can cause eye damage

Rest your eyes – avoid eye strain by taking breaks from intensive work every 20 minutes (such as using a screen or doing a lot of reading)

Be aware of any risk factors – you may be at a higher risk for some eye problems; for example, because of your family history or eye colour

Never look directly at the sun – especially during an eclipse!


Protect against harmful UV rays – wear sunglasses or clear lenses with UV protection when outside.

Take children outside – natural daylight helps the eyeball to develop properly, thus helping to avoid short-sightedness (and going outdoors helps prevent excessive screen use)

Keep your fingers away from your eyes – our hands can carry surprising amounts of bacteria

Keep your contact lenses clean – or even try daily disposables

Replace eye make-up regularly – it can harbour bacteria which can infect and inflame your eyes

Wear eye protection – for example, when swimming or doing DIY or certain gardening jobs

Be aware – watch out for any changes in your vision or how your eyes feel

Talk to us – whenever you have any concerns, just pop in or pick up the phone!

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