Eye examinations are one of the most effective means of diagnosing many health conditions and early diagnosis is paramount in dealing with any health issue.

At Hammond Opticians we have expert optometrists and use the most up-to-date specialist eye care technology on site to check and ensure the health of your eyes and perhaps even identify other health related issues.

Anterior Eye Examinations

Are you suffering with red, itchy, dry, watery or irritable eyes? These are all common eye complaints that can be identified and diagnosed with an anterior eye examination. This examination enables our optometrist to assess the eye lids, tear ducts, conjunctiva and cornea of your eyes in close detail and advise a course of treatment. There is no need to suffer any longer.

If you suffer from chronic dry eye type problems, then our bespoke Comfort Eyes Programme may be more suitable. This offers a more comprehensive investigation into your symptoms with a detailed and structured management plan that will help you have comfortable eyes once again.

Diabetic Retinal Examinations

Diabetes is the most common cause of blindness in the working population of the UK today. Diabetic retinal examinations are one of the most effective means of detecting diabetes in the early stages and identifying a course of treatment. At Hammond Opticians our specialist optometrists have over 15 years extensive experience in providing diabetes eye tests. . We are the only local opticians able to offer a wide-field scan of your eyes without using eye drops.

Flashes And Floaters

Are you experiencing flashes of light, black dots or webs in your eyes? If you are, then our expert optometrist can use our specialist eye care equipment to diagnose your condition and to advise you on the most appropriate treatment where necessary. As with any condition, early diagnosis is always beneficial and if you have a sudden onset it is important to be assessed as soon as possible.

The optometrist will generally need to dilate the pupils with eye drops and perform further tests on your eyes including a wide-field retinal scan using the Optomap scanner as well as looking the at backs of your eyes using our 3D microscope. There is no pain or discomfort with these tests, but occasionally people do experience a mild stinging sensation, so we always recommend that you allow some extra time for your eyes to re-adjust. Generally the drops will make your vision slightly blurry and so we advise that you should not drive for a couple of hours afterwards.

  • Flashes: This is a retinal problem where you might be experiencing bursts of light that have not actually occurred. Any new onset of these symptoms need to be investigated as soon as possible.
  • Floaters: These typically appear as black dots with a ‘tadpole’ or ‘spiders web’ like appearance which can be seen moving around in the eyes in contrast to bright light.

DVLA Approved Binocular Field Of Vision Tests

Hammond Opticians have been providing binocular field of vision tests for drivers for many years. These tests are typically used to indicate whether a driver is fit to hold a licence and safely drive a vehicle, but can of course be used for the benefit of your own safety and assurance. The test is painless and is carried out using a special field screening instrument which is licenced by the DVLA.  More information on the vision standards for driving can be found here.

Visual Stability Tests

Sometimes providing vision correction (glasses, contact lenses) is only part of the solution. In some cases, further investigation can highlight problems with eye muscle balance, poor tracking and focusing and difficulty in eye pointing. At Hammond Opticians our specially trained optometrists can offer help and advice for individuals who suffer from eyestrain, headaches, problems with words ‘jumping’ and can often provide a series of eye exercises to help manage the problem.