At Patrick & Menzies we do things a bit differently from your average opticians! We allow longer for our eye examinations, so your optometrist can spend as much time as you both need to assess all aspects of your vision and eye health. It may be a routine check-up or perhaps you have a specific concern or symptom that’s bothering you. Taking more time means we can listen, make sure we understand, answer any questions and give you a proper explanation of any changes, often using state of the art scanning equipment.
Why Eye Checks are Important
Even if you’re seeing well it’s important to get regular check-ups – an effective eye examination is actually a health assessment and checking how far down the test chart you can read is a relatively small part of the process. Many medical conditions can be detected in an eye examination and many are symptomless in their early stages. For this reason, we examine in detail the fine structures of your eyes, like the delicate light-sensitive retina, the fine blood vessels at the back of your eyes and the clarity and condition of your corneas and lenses. Your eye health, general health and vision are intrinsically linked, so we aim to leave no stone unturned.
What We Can Tell About Your Vision
Your vision enables you to live life to the fullest: It is a jigsaw of different inputs from memory, balance receptors and most importantly, our eyes. Our eyes produce two, upside down pictures of the world which our brain combines to make one of everything the right way up! An optician’s job is to ensure your eyes produce the best images they can, so that you experience the best possible vision for you. So, if that’s not the case when you come and see us, we will work out exactly why your vision is not as good as it might be and find a way to help.
An eye examination does not always end in the purchase of spectacles or contact lenses. Sometimes what’s needed is just a little advice, sometimes it may be a referral to a specialist, such as an ophthalmologist. However, because we are also part of a referral refinement service and minor eye conditions service we can often deal with problems that would have normally resulted in a referral to hospital. Increasingly we see people with problems that need ongoing management such as dry eyes. Sometimes just the reassurance that everything is as it should be is enough: Whatever your requirements, we’ve got you covered.
How to Book
You are welcome to book online, where you’ll find descriptions of the different appointments available. If you’re unsure or have any queries you can call us or visit one of our practices where we’ll be happy to discuss things and book you an appropriate appointment. All of our contact details are here. We can access your records and book appointments from any of our branches but be sure to specify where you’d like to be seen.