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Optical FAQ

At Framed Indulgence Opticians we pride ourselves in being able to provide quality eye care for all the family. We monitor all our patients, especially our older patients, for conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, and macular degeneration as well as underlying problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure. This is why an eye examination is also an important health check. The sooner conditions are detected the better chance of successful treatment. We encourage all patients to get in touch straight away if they experience any problems with their vision.

As with a visit to the doctor, a visit to our optician will give you trust and confidence in the products and service we provide. We may ask what symptoms you are experiencing with your eyes, an inquiry into your general health, medications taken, family health and eye history are quite normal and essential as many factors can affect your eyes. At the end of the consultation your optometrist will discuss your sight and eye health with you as well as all the options available. Please feel free to ask anything, as it is our aim that you leave feeling reassured and happy.

Frequently asked questions

What is long-sightedness (hyermetropia)?
This is a common visual problem. The eyeball of a long-sighted person is usually shorter than others.

What is Short-sightedness (myopia)?
It causes problems with distant objects but close objects are very clear. Short-sightedness occurs when the eyeball is slightly longer than normal.

What is Presbyopia?
When we enter into our 40's we often experience blurred vision when trying to do close work, such as reading, sewing or working at the computer.

When Presbyopia develops people find they have to hold books, newspapers, magazines, menus etc at arms length to focus it properly. Prolonged close work may lead to headaches or eyestrain.

What is glaucoma?
Your eye has pressure just like your blood and when this intra ocular pressure increases to dangerous levels, it causes optic nerve damage - this is glaucoma.

Your optician will check your intra ocular pressure at each appointment to monitor any change.

What is Cataract?
A cataract is sometimes described as clouding of the lens within the eye.

The lens is made up mostly of water and protein. With progressing age some of the proteins clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract starting to form and it will grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

What Causes Dry Eyes?
This is a lack of lubrication and moisture on the eye. The consequences of this, ranges from subtle irritation to severe irritation. Treatment is usually artificial tears and lubricants; your optician will be able to advise which is best.

What are Floaters?
They are actually tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the jelly in they eye. They may look like specks, strands, webs or other shapes. In most cases it is a natural age related change, but floaters can also appear more obvious during pregnancy.

Floaters may be annoying but they are harmless and may fade over time. If associated with flashes of light contact your optician immediately.

What is Astigmatism?
It occurs when the cornea is shaped like an oblong rugby ball rather than a spherical football. The oblong shape causes light to focus at two different points at the back of your eye rather than one.