An opticians in St Helens now provides a range of specialist eye health services on behalf of the NHS, making GP and hospital waiting times for this care a thing of the past.
Specsavers in Bridge Street can investigate and help manage a number of eye conditions, including watery, red, sticky, itchy and dry eye symptoms. Anyone suffering from one of these problems can book an appointment with the store directly, often for the same day, or could be referred through their GP. This service is available to people who are registered with a GP in St Helens and Halton.
Qualified optometrists can advise on options for care
The store’s qualified optometrists can also assess cataracts and advise patients on the options for care and treatment and provide follow-up appointments after operations. A diabetic screening service is also available at the store. Delivered on behalf of the NHS, there is no cost to the customer for these services apart from charges for some eye drops, if needed. Appointments can be booked at short notice.
Specsavers is champion of eye health
Specsavers St Helens' store director, Andrew Dagnall, says: ‘Specsavers has long been a champion not only of the importance of regular eye tests but of general eye health. We already detect and manage more eye conditions than any other UK opticians. In our store we introduced free digital retinal photography as part of our regular eye examination several years years ago, allowing us to detect signs of many conditions and monitor progress, including glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.
‘We are proud to take our clinical expertise a stage further and enhance the level of care we can offer people in St Helens with the added benefit of helping to reduce the pressure on our local NHS services.’
Detect and manage minor eye conditions
Additional eye health services are now available in selected Specsavers stores nationwide. The store in St Helens can now detect and manage minor eye conditions, including red eye, dry eye and floaters on the same day. Help with more complex conditions will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.