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EYE EXAMINATION

We rely on our sight in all aspects of daily life and therefore an eye examination is essential to monitor eye health and maintain the best vision possible.

 We strive to provide the most thorough eye examinations using latest technology and equipment so you, our patient, have full confidence in our findings and recommended management.

 What to expect?

 Our eye examinations usually last about half an hour but we will advise you if you require any extra specific tests and how long these may take.

 

We have a general routine we perform for every patient but as we like to treat every patient as an individual, the optometrist may tailor the examination to guarantee you a thorough examination executed smoothly, in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

 As well as including all tests to check for your sight and to see if any vision correction is required (e.g. spectacles, contact lenses) we also check for any potential eye disease like Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular degeneration and Diabetes to name a few.

 Our equipment includes a digital retinal camera which allows us to take photographs of the inside of your eyes so even small abnormalities can be detected, recorded and compared in future checks. Combining this with modern examination techniques we can ensure all is done to help prevent unnecessary deterioration to your sight and eye health. Other tests we will carry out include binocular assessment (how well the eyes work together), peripheral visual field analysis and intraocular pressure measurement.

 The optician will always explain the results of the various assessments and you will be given every opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The recommendations given at the end of the eye examination by the optometrist will take into account factors such as your working environment, lifestyle and any leisure pursuits you have, so we can meet your visual needs in the best possible way.

 How often should one have an eye examination?

We advise regular eye examinations for everyone, including children even when you are not experiencing any difficulties. In accordance with national guidelines the recommended intervals are set out in the table below:

National guidelines for eye tests 

1: Aged 15 years or below     every year

2: Aged 16 – 69 years     every 2 years

3: Aged 70 years and over     every year

4: Diabetic and Glaucoma patients     every year

5: Aged 40 years or over with an immediate relative with Glaucoma     every year The above are general guidelines but if it clinically required an eye examination may be advised more frequently, the optician will advise you of this. Please contact us if you have any queries or questions about our eye examination and related issues, we would be most happy to advise you.

CONTACT LENS

Modern technological advances mean that the contact lens options available to you now are vast and varied. New developments in their design and materials make them very comfortable, convenient to use and affordable.

Contact lenses offer a convenient alternative to spectacles for occasional or everyday use helping people of all ages to see clearly.

They offer excellent all round vision as they rest on the eye surface meaning there is nothing on the face allowing a weightless form of correction. They can be particularly useful for times when spectacles may not be as practical, for example, during sporting activities, or even in adverse weather conditions.

 We Offer A Wide Choice Of Contact Lens Options Which Include:

 Soft Disposable:

Available as 1 day, 2 weekly and monthly disposable lenses. To be worn during the day and removed overnight

 Gas Permeable:

Very durable lenses and a healthy replacement to the original 'hard' design

 Silicone Hydrogel:

Soft lenses which can be worn for longer allowing more oxygen delivery to the eyes on a daily wear basis or can be worn overnight for up to 30 days continuous wear

 Toric lenses:

To correct astigmatic errors, now available in 1 day, 2 weekly and Monthly forms, as well as Gas Permeable

 Multifocal lenses:

For those who need different distance and near vision corrections

 Coloured lenses:

For those who may want a change of eye colour. Available in prescription form and for cosmetic purposes

 What Is Involved?

 During our contact lens consultations, the optometrist will initially have a chat with you to discuss the above in more detail and ascertain your expectations. Considerations about your lifestyle, leisure activities, and working environment will taken and then the appropriate measurements and necessary tests will be carried out before you are given professional advice on the most suitable lenses for you.

Once the best contact lens of choice has been selected it will be assessed on its performance on the eye. If satisfactory you will then be taught how to insert and remove the lenses before you are given trial contact lenses to take away.

New and existing contact lens wearers will be guided to the best wear and care routines, customised to them.

A follow up appointment will then be arranged to review your progress and to give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.

Regular contact lens after care checks are vital to ensure optimum vision, comfort and eye health are maintained. The frequency of these checks will be recommended at the end of all appointments.

So if you would like to give contact lenses a try or even just want further information please contact us or if you would like to order lenses online follow this link to our store.

KIDS EYECARE

Good vision is essential in childhood development and regular eye examinations are the key to good vision. 

Research has shown that one in five school children have an undetected eye problem. As 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, many children cannot see well enough to reach their full potential or enjoy everyday childhood activities as much as they could.

A child may not realise if their vision is not clear – they assume the way they see is normal. Therefore regular eye examinations are advised for all children under the age of 16 at least once a year. 

 Typical warning signs to look out for:

1: One eye turns in, out, up or down

2: Complains of frequent headaches

3: Frequently rubs eyes or blinks a lot

4: Screws up eyes when reading or watching television

5: Avoids reading, writing or drawing

6: Has difficulty catching a ball

7: Fails to make expected progress at school

8: Develops behavioural or concentration problems at school

 Children should have their first eye examination by the age of four, sooner if any problems are suspected. The earlier a problem is detected, the more effectively it can be treated.

It doesn't matter if your child is too young to talk or read a letter chart, as we use a range of techniques and modern equipment to detect visual problems at any age.Such equipment used is a computerised test chart which allows us to use pictures, numbers, shapes as well as letters to check the child's vision.

 Kilburn Eye Centre provides free NHS eye tests for all children under 16 and those under 19 and in full time education. If a child is found to need spectacles, a contribution is provided by the NHS. At Kilburn Eye Centre London, we stock a wide range of spectacles specially designed for children’s faces to choose from. Many have soft nose pads for extra comfort and sprung hinges to withstand extra wear and tear. Regular eye examinations could be crucial for your child’s health care and personal development. Please call Kilburn  Eye Centre London on 020 7372 1525 for an appointment.

DRY EYE CLINIC

Dry eyes occur when the eyes either don’t make enough tears, or the quality of the tears produced is reduced, which means the tears can evaporate rapidly from the surface of the eye, allowing the eye to dry. Often, the reduced tear quality is a result of blockage or inflammation of the oil glands within the lid margin. When the surface of the eyes dry out, the eyes become inflamed. They appear to be red, and the whites of the eyes can appear to be pink and swollen. Normally, the eyes become very irritable. When seen on the microscope, using a fluorescent dye called flourescein and a special cobalt blue light, the denuded surface areas can be seen as green specks on the surface of the eye.

 Dry eyes can be divided into two broad categories.

 If the main problem is a lack of tear production, then the term keratoconjunctivitissicca or ‘aqueous deficiency’ However, if the main problem is poor quality of tears (but plenty of them) as a result of inflammation or blockage of the oil secreting glands in the lid margin, then the condition is called ‘obstructive meibomian gland disease’, more commonly referred to as blepharitis.

 Who gets Dry Eye Syndrome? It is more common in women than men, and is found most commonly in the over 60s age group. However, it can happen at any age.

 What are the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome? 

 The symptoms can be extremely variable, causing anything from mild irritation to severe discomfort. Symptoms include • Foreign body sensation/feels like something is in the eyes • Eyes feel ‘gritty’ – often worse in the mornings • Blurred vision • Burning sensation in eyes • Irritable eyelids • Light sensitivity • Redness of the whites of the eyes • Painful eyes • Excessive watering In Dry Eyes, why do the eyes sometime water excessively? How can the eyes be dry if they are watering all the time? This a paradox which is explained as follows. Blinking spreads a tear film over the surface of the eye – the eyelids do the opposite to what a windscreen wiper does on a car. The eyelids spread a thin film of tears over the front of the eye. When there are not enough tears, or if the quality of tears is poor, the surface of the eye becomes dry, and this causes inflammation. Special receptors on the surface of the eye are then stimulated by this inflammation, which causes a ‘reflex tear production’. This leads to the main tear glands to literally ‘switch the tap on’ in an attempt to wet the dry surface. The result is often the production of excessive watery tears ( as opposed to oily tears) which results in watering of the eyes. 

 What Causes Dry eye syndrome? Ageing over 60’s are the commonest group to suffer Hot dry or windy climates – causes evaporation of tears Inflammatory diseases – eg. Rheumatoid arthritis affecting joints, is associated with higher risk of dry eyes Side effects from medications – eg. The oral contraceptive pill

 Does Dry Eye Syndrome cause loss of vision?

 Normally dry eyes causes no visual deterioration. However, in severe cases where the eye is allowed to dessicate, the cornea may scar and this could cause reduced vision.

 How is Dry Eye SyndromeTreated

 There is no absolute ‘cure’ for dry eye syndrome. However, most people can get significant relief from symptoms using a variety of treatments and measures. Lid Margin Hygiene If the underlying cause is blepharitis/lid margin disease, then treating this can often improve the ocular surface and reduce symptoms. This can be done by simply applying a hot compress using hot tap-water and a flannel to the eye each day, and then cleaning the lid margin with the water and flannel. Some people recommend using chemicals such as baby shampoo and sodium bicarbonate, but more often than not, these can cause ocular surface irritation, and so at least initially, are best avoided.

 Lubricants Regular lubrication in form of gels or drops can help keep the surface of the eyes wet, and thus reduce symptoms. Often, this is combined with lid margin hygiene. There are a wide range of eye drops available – consult your optometrist, GP or Ophthalmologist for advice on which to use.

 Tear Duct Surgery

 When there is severe dry eyes with reduction in tear production, blocking the drainage of tears down the tear ducts can help keep the tears that are produced on the surface of the eye. Temporary plugs are normally inserted first. In some cases, permanent closure with surgical cautery may be used. Other Measures Diet omega-3 oils and flaxseed oil in the diet may help improve tear quality

 To assess your tear film stability and to relieve your dry eye discomfort, please book in for a dry eye consultation at kilburn eye centre London.

LENSES

In recent years there have been major developments in spectacle lens technology, all designed to improve your vision and to make your spectacles more comfortable to wear and to look more attractive. We are happy to discuss and advise the most suitable lens required for your life style and individual visual requirements. There being so many lens combinations now available, we feel that our expert advice can help you make the correct choice for your needs within your budget. We can also demonstrate using a computer software programme the appearance of your finished lenses in your individual prescription once the frame has been chosen and a few measurements have been taken. This is particularly useful for higher optical prescriptions where thinner lenses would be advised to reduce the thickness and weight. We will be able to advise you on the latest developments in:

 1: Varifocal Lenses – (the modern alternative to bifocal lenses without the line). They are normally advised to people over the age of 40, normally when separate distance and near prescriptions are required giving you clear vision at all distances. 

 2: High Index Lenses – In the past, some patients who have had a more complex prescription have had to put up with thicker and heavier lenses in their spectacles. Thankfully today's advances means the super thin and light weight Hi-index lenses now make them look great and feel more comfortable.

 3: Transitions – They are fast acting variable tinted lenses which darken in sunlight. Indoors they are clear, but outside they rapidly darken effectively changing them into conventional sunglasses. Transitions are available in grey or brown tints and offer 100% protection against damaging UV light.

 4: Lens Coatings – They are advised to reduce annoying reflections, improve the appearance of your spectacles and most importantly to enhance you vision. More recent advances in technology now means you can get the added benefit of them being anti-scratch, anti-dust, repellent to water, grease and dirt making them more durable and a lot easier to clean. For any further information on any lens type, please do not hesitate to contact us.

EYE CARE

Providing your mandatory duty to your employees as per 1992 Health and Safety regulations is simple and straight forward at Kilburn Eye Centre London. We have a simple, hassle free corporate eye care scheme in place for local businesses. Please email us at  contact@kilburneyecentre.com  with your name, the company name and the number of staff employed and we will get back to you.

SUNGLASSES

We offer a good choice of sunglasses in stunning styles, many of which can be made to your individual prescription and are produced to the same high standard as our spectacles.

It is extremely important to protect your vision in bright sunlight, not only against glare, but also against the hidden dangers of ultra-violet (UV) rays.

Over exposure to UV light can damage different parts of the eye and the sensitive skin around the eyes. This may lead to red eyes, cataracts and macula degeneration causing a reduction in vision in later life.

As the prime function of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from exposure to this harmful radiation, we recommend that you choose only good quality sunglasses that block the maximum possible amount of UV rays.

If you already wear spectacles, you can still have quality sunglasses. They can be made to your prescription with single vision, bifocal or varifocal lenses and can also be made thinner for those high optical prescriptions.

We are aware that different lifestyles and sunlight conditions often call for different types of sunglasses. This is why we are happy to advise and recommend you the best style and lens options to suit your lifestyle, ensuring your eyes receive the best possible protection.

 

For example, polarised lenses are effective in combating glare as well as sunlight, for instance reflections from road surfaces whilst driving and water from when doing water activities. Close fitting wrap around styles offer good protection from wind and light from the sides, making them ideal for sports. Also clip over sun clips are available to use on top of your existing spectacles as this saves you carrying a separate pair of sunglasses around.

Another option are photochromic lenses. These darken on exposure to bright sunlight and can help your eyes adjust to frequent changes in light conditions without the need to constantly having to remove your sunglasses, still offering 100% UV protection.

SPORTS

We offer advice and supply a range of protective and fashionable eyewear to enhance your enjoyment in a huge variety of sports.

Such sports where sports eyewear may be useful and/or advised are cycling, skiing, swimming, racquet sports, running, golf and sailing.

The eyewear offers maximum protection against serious eye injuries and exposure to ultra-violet radiation when outdoors, with the added bonus of being stylish too.

Research has shown that how well the eyes focus and work together has a direct effect on your ability to perform the task.

Therefore, most products are available as prescription as well as non-prescription options enabling you to maximise your performance.

This in conjunction with a variety of individualised tints not only helps maintain healthy vision, but offers exceptional visual comfort in different sporting environments.

Contact Lenses are also an option and are usually the correction of choice in most sports. They have many optical advantages in that the peripheral vision is unimpeded and also that they do not steam up and are not affected by rain.

Contact lenses can also be used in conjunction with sports eyewear where protection or tinted eyewear is beneficial or required. 

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Mon - 9.30am - 6.00 pm
Tue - 9.30am - 6.00 pm
Wed - 9.30am - 6.00 pm
Thu - 9.30am - 6.00 pm
Fri - 9.30am - 6.00 pm
Sat - 9.30am - 5.30 pm
Sun - Closed

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