Optometrists are health care specialists trained to examine the eyes to detect defects in vision, signs of injury, ocular diseases or abnormality and problems with general health.
The Optometry Department undertakes a range of services for patients including:
- Refraction (sight testing)
- Prescription and provision of medical and therapeutic contact lenses (i.e. where contact lenses are medically required)
- Low vision rehabilitation for adults and children (including provision of magnifiers)
- Provide support in consultant clinics i.e. AMD, Glaucoma, Cataract etc
- Paediatric co-management including clinics delivered in community settings in conjunction with orthoptic service.
- Complex biometry (i.e. the measurement of the length of the eye, a procedure usually required before cataract surgery)
- Visual electro diagnostic assessment
- Ophthalmic services including provision of services for children with special needs, for example, eye examinations at special schools undertaken in conjunction with community orthoptic services.