Why choose Eye2c?
- We offer a very personal service
- We have the latest specialist ophthalmic equipment on site to ensure accurate assessment and diagnosis
- We can provide ready access to additional specialist medical and surgical ophthalmic consultations with very reputable consultants whenever required
- We’re here to help both Private and NHS patients
- We manage complex as well as routine eye problems e.g. contact lens fitting for patients with keratoconus
We’ve porovided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below. However, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call and speak to our optometrist.
What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists are practitioners as outlined above who can undertake eyesight test and can prescribe corrections as needed. There are also ‘dispensing opticians’.
These practitioners advise on the most appropriate spectacle choice for you once your have seen the optometrist. They will look at your prescription and vocational needs/lifestyle and lend appropriate advice.
Does being long-sighted mean I can see well in the distance but can’t see near objects well?
In most cases patients with long-sightedness tend to have problems seeing objects close to. However if the degree of long-sightedness is in the ‘medium to high’ range then such patients can also suffer with blurred vision in the distance without corrective glasses or contact lenses.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a condition of the eyes whereby over time the eyes have increasing difficulty focussing on near objects.
The exact mechanism is unknown but it is generally agreed that the difficulty occurs as a result of reduced elasticity and hardening of the crystalline lens along with the reduced strength of the ciliary muscle attached to the lens which in turn prevents the lens from accommodating (focussing on close objects).
This can lead to the need for multiple optical corrections e.g. separate glasses for both distance and near. Many patients will choose a combined option such as bifocals or varifocals. Another option is contact lenses – including ‘monovision’.
What are Monovision Contact lenses?
‘Monovision’ contact lens correction is commonly used when patients require both correction for distance and near once they have reached the age of ‘presbyopia’.
This is a very good cosmetic option. Basically, one eye is corrected for your distance vision and the fellow eye is corrected for near. Most patients struggle to understand how this will work.
The brain is very good at adapting to different visual situations. By the time of being fitted with monovision contact lenses many patients will have tried bifocal or varifocal glasses options which all require a trial period and adaptation.
The process of ‘monovision’ fitting is very similar whereby the visual system can take 1–2 weeks to fully adapt to the new viewing situation but many patients will also take to this very quickly. “Monovision’ contact lenses are very popular.