Working closely in conjunction with ophthalmologists at Derby Royal Hospital, the highly-qualified team at Specsavers in the Intu Centre is dedicated to providing local patients with a world-class service. Here Uan and Raj Gohil, Derby store directors, explain why it’s so important to pass on the latest tech and training to their customers.

Health checks

There is often a misconception that eye testing is something that is primarily concerned with prescription, and a visit to the optician is only necessary when you notice that something is wrong.

However, eye tests provide an important health check, and we recommend that everyone has an eye test at least every two years – regardless of whether you think you need glasses or not. Many conditions have few or even no noticeable symptoms in the early stages.

Able to pick up underlying conditions

During an eye test at Specsavers, an experienced and highly-trained optometrist will not only check your prescription and level of vision, but also examine the areas around the eyes to look for signs of abnormality, injury or disease. In the past, we have been able to pick up and monitor underlying conditions which the patient has been unaware of.

In some circumstances, we also highly recommend that you have an eye test more frequently if you:

  • are a child wearing glasses
  • have diabetes
  • are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
  • are aged 70 or over

Focus on training

Our team at Specsavers in Derby has a combined experience of more than 100 years and we pride ourselves on our commitment to staff development and training. This has allowed us to enhance the level of care available to patients in Derbyshire to include the diagnosis and referral of some Minor Eye Conditions (MECs).

Our optical team are the most qualified in Derbyshire, with accreditations in Glaucoma Level 2 and MECs Level 2, to help manage a number of eye conditions and alleviate pressure and reduce waiting times at local GPs or hospitals for this type of care.

Anyone experiencing pain, discomfort, redness, sudden changes or flashes of light in their vision, among other symptoms, can access these services. Optometrists at Specsavers Derby can detect and manage MECs including: red eye, dry eye, watering eye, blepharitis and floaters in the vision on the same day. Help with more complex conditions will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

The team have a close working relationship with ophthalmologists at the Derby Royal Hospital to ensure that patients with eye conditions have the best care.

We have worked together to revolutionise our referral system, so that if an eye condition, disease or abnormality is picked up during an eye test, we can refer the patient to the hospital for further treatment quickly and efficiently.

Going above and beyond for our customers, we also have two members of the team who are qualified to Signature Level One in British Sign Language, to ensure that those in the community who have hearing problems feel comfortable and confident during their sight test.

Using the best technology

Recent upgrades to the store in Derby mean that we now offer some of the most advanced optical technology in the country to our patients – at no extra cost.

This includes a significant investment in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which is a 3D camera that allows the optician to view a high-resolution image of every facet of the eye. It can pick up conditions and abnormalities that are otherwise very hard, or even impossible, to detect through other techniques.

The technique is entirely non-invasive, but at the same time allows the optician to clearly identify and examine each layer of the eye. With regular eye testing using this technology, we can easily identify and monitor any changes in the eyes.

With the advantage of a 3D image of the eye, we can look at every tiny detail of its anatomy and determine whether anything needs further investigation – we can even see any history of trauma or disease that has left its mark.

The technology is widely regarded to be the most valuable advance in optical diagnostic imaging in over 50 years, so we really are talking about cutting edge technology. It is crucial in detecting and monitoring MECs, as well as providing a simple tracking of any age-related changes that happen in the eyes.

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