Take control of your eye health


Using a combination of the latest technology and our optical expertise, we are here to help detect, and help treat, any eye health issues you may be experiencing – whether you know you have them or not.
 
An optometrist carrying out a Bayfields eye test
Presbyopia is a perfectly natural condition which most experience sometime after age 40. Most people notice its onset when they start having trouble reading the small print clearly. This problem is easily fixed with a pair of reading glasses.
 
Astigmatism occurs when the surface of the cornea or lens is not spherical. This means the eye is unable to bring a point or object into sharp focus but can be treated with glasses, contact lenses or laser surgery in some instances.
 
Flashes and Floaters: Floaters, spots, flashes or 'cobwebs' are small specks or strands that move through your field of vision. They are often most visible when looking at a lighter background such as a lightly coloured wall, piece of white paper, a bright sky or a white computer/tablet screen.

Floaters are small clumps of gel or cells that move around in the vitreous, the gel that fills the middle of the eye and can sometimes look like cobwebs, circles, worms, lines or dots. 
Conjunctivitis or ‘pink eye’ is inflammation of the thin layer that covers the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. Symptoms include red and sore eyes, pink, bloodshot or puffy eyes and sticky eyelashes, particularly when you wake up.


Diabetic retinopathy: 1 in 17 of the UK population live with diabetes, and with both types 1 & 2 having serious implications on eye health, annual eye tests are recommended to monitor any visual deteriorations or related conditions.
 
Dry eyes or dry eye syndrome which can be a feeling of burning, grittiness, sore or itching eyes, brief or intermittent blurring of vision, discomfort in bright light, red eyes or, bizarrely, watering eyes.
Contact lens wearers may find their lenses become less comfortable to wear.

 
Cataracts are a very common eye condition that usually develop in later life. You may notice a cataract as a gradual clouding of the lens inside the eye - going from transparency to yellow. Top symptoms include problems in bright light especially when driving, difficulty reading and harder to see colour on colour print.
 
Glaucoma: affecting over 2% of people over the age of 40, glaucoma is known as a "silent enemy" as it steals your vision without you noticing. Glacuoma casuses permanent damage to the optic nerve, and can lead to blindness if left untreated. It is the second most common cause of sight loss worldwide after cataracts. 
 
Age related macular degeneration: there are two forms, wet and dry. Age related macular degeneration causes the gradual breakdown of the macula, the central portion of the eye, and is the most common cause of vision loss in the UK.
 

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