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Recognised for clinical excellence by the association of optometrists in the practice of the year awards 2020 we provide the most comprehensive eye care in Shropshire. A vastly experienced, friendly team of optometrists with world-leading technology at our fingertips. Our optometrists have additional qualifications that go beyond the average high street practice.

Home to the frame room, we stock a range of unique eyewear that are found in only a handful of opticians in the country. I hate eye tests, but staff here made me feel so at ease from the moment I walked through the door. I left knowing I made the right choice for change. I was diagnosed as having a corneal disease called kerataconus some five years ago.

In that time I tried a number of different opticians who didn't seem to understand my condition, and I ended up with spectacles that simply didn't give me the vision I needed. It wasn't until I got referred to Gareth Hardcastle by my consultant Ophthalmologist that I found someone who finally understood my eye condition.
Highlights

read more › From the moment you walk into our warm and friendly practice you will see that we are not like other opticians. As a practice we try to distance ourselves from the normal run of the mill experience you get from visiting an Opticians. One of the first things you will notice, is that unlike conventional opticians that from the outset bombard you with racks and racks of spectacle frames, we like to do things a little differently. Primarily it's a statement that we are not here to simply sell spectacles; our focus is on the health of your eyes.

read more › The staff are all very supportive and will ALWAYS go the extra mile to ensure that you are totally happy with your prescription and frames. When there has been a problem, they rectify it as fast as they are able. I have never been disappointed with the service I have received! Having been to several different opticians over the years I became disillusioned with the quality of service and care I received. I never seemed to see the same optician twice, and always felt like their main priority was to sell me a pair of glasses.

read more › An eye examination is not just about what your eyes can see, but just as importantly what we can see in your eyes. Getting your prescription right is important, but regular examinations can also pick up signs of potentially serious conditions. We use the very latest cutting edge technology to deliver one of the most enhanced eye examinations possible. We aim to make the examination an informative and reassuring experience. It is important for children to have their eyes examined by an optometrist at least every two years.

read more › Each aspect of the comprehensive eye examination that we provide is designed to give us essential information regarding your vision and eye health. We provide a comprehensive eye examination as standard to include OCT- a three-dimensional scan of your retina as well as ultra-wide field retinal scanning designed to detect problems that cannot be seen with standard examination techniques. You will find many opticians offer a basic NHS sight test with no scanning technology offered. We believe all eye examinations should include in-depth scans using the highest quality technology available on the market to ensure we have the best picture of your eye health and vision.

read more › Even if you don't think your child needs an eye examination, we perform essential eye health tests designed to spot the widest variety of conditions. The process is tailored to the age of your child, providing them with a fun, interactive experience and providing you with peace of mind. We have frames to suit all ages and tastes, from the flourishing fashionista to the sporty teen and from the young princess to the aspiring superhero. We will ensure the transition to glasses is a fun one. Many adults would consider contact lenses to be a lifestyle essential and there is no reason children shouldn't experience the same benefits.

read more › Our primary goal is to make the experience for children a fun one. We find the majority of children enjoy all the technology we use and measurements we take, particularly seeing pictures of the inside of their eyes. Our examinations are tailored to the age of your child using specialised equipment so they do not have to be able to read or talk to be able to perform an eye examination. Some children will receive vision screening either in nursery or in primary one, however this does not check the health of their eyes so a comprehensive eye examination is strongly advised.

read more › Children will not always welcome the news that they require glasses. Sometimes wearing glasses is a temporary measure to redress an issue, sometimes children will need vision correction for the rest of their lives. Either way there are plenty of options which can make the transition a straightforward one. We stock a wide range of options for children to suit all, from the budding footballer to the young fashionista. Our frames are stylish, durable and practical. Find out more about our glasses range and how we help you select the perfect frame.

read more › Many adults would consider contact lenses to be a lifestyle essential and there is no reason children shouldn't experience the same benefits. Building self-esteem: some children feel self-conscious wearing glasses, leading to a lack of confidence that sometimes affects their performance at school. Active lifestyle: if you have a very active child then contact lenses are the practical option, leaving your child free to participate without the worry of glasses being broken. Good vision: contact lenses are hugely beneficial for those with high prescriptions, especially for peripheral vision.

read more › Our tears, and the film they form over our eyes, serve a very important function in keeping our eyes comfortable, healthy and able to see well. It's only when we don't have enough tears or they are of poor quality that the surface of our eye becomes exposed and become uncomfortable. Tear film problems are often referred to as 'dry eye disease'. This is sometimes a confusing name as 'dry' eyes can often be quite watery, so a more appropriate name is ocular surface disease. Ocular surface disease occurs when we either have too few tears or, more commonly, when we have enough tears but they are of poor quality.

read more › Visual stress is due to overstimulation of the visual cortex (the visual processing part of our brains) by certain visual patterns such as lines of black text on a white background. Visual stress largely goes unrecognised in both children and adults. So often we have adults who have never been able to explain why they have struggled with reading tasks throughout their life, and there is a real 'light bulb' moment when they see the benefits of treating their visual stress. Prior to undertaking any formal colorimetry assessment, a full eye examination is carried out to ensure there are no underlying issues such as refractive error, or muscle imbalance between the two eyes.

read more › We provide as many extended eye examinations as required, tailored to meet your exact eye care and lifestyle needs, with no further charges. As many extended eye examinations as you require, irrespective of the length of each visit. VisionCare covers the true cost of the extended eye examination, allowing us to reward our loyal patients with eyewear at greatly reduced prices that are competitive with national discount chains and internet retailers. The majority of our NHS eligible patients prefer to have the Full Retinal Imaging eye examination and the superior care that this provides.

read more › Floaters look like small, dark spots or flecks that appear to move around the eye. They are more common if you are myopic (short-sighted) or if you have had eye surgery such as cataract surgery. Flashes look like random flashes of light in the eye, often in an arc shape in your peripheral vision, and more obvious at night or in low light levels. They are usually as a result of the movement of the vitreous jelly which fills the eyeball and is attached to the retina at the back of the eye. Anyone who suffers from dry eyes will know just how uncomfortable the condition can be.

read more › Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid margins, the edges of the eyelid, which causes a range of uncomfortable symptoms including, dryness, itching, red skin, red eyes, tired eyes, and blurred vision. Blepharitis is commonly caused by an infection of the eyelash follicles and is estimated to affect 50% of people, to varying extents. Other causes can be underlying skin conditions such as rosacea or dermatitis. Demodex blepharitis is a very common sub-type of blepharitis caused by an infestation of the demodex mite.

read more › Anyone who suffers from dry eyes will know just how uncomfortable the condition can be. Symptoms such as burning, gritty, red eyes are common and vision can be reduced in severe cases. The primary reason for dry eyes is either poor quality tears, or too few tears being produced. The use of lubricating drops and ointments play an important role in soothing dry eyes. However these do not cure the cause of dry eyes and even frequent use may not resolve the discomfort fully. When there is a lack of tears, a longer-term solution could be punctual plugs.

read more › Whatever the issue, be it a suspected eye infection, a scratch or just something you feel you would like checked out, please book in. Same day appointments are available, as are emergency out-of-hours appointments. If you require any medication, such as eye drops for conjunctivitis or other minor infections, we are able to prescribe them for you, in the same way your GP would. All appointments are free under the Visioncare membership scheme.

read more › We use the most advanced technology currently available worldwide. This provides us with the most detailed information about your eyes, which in turn means your optometrist can make accurate and timely diagnoses. These assessments will reveal any problems affecting your sight or your health generally and are especially valuable in the early detection of conditions such as glaucoma, age-related deterioration, cataracts, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems. World's gold standard in visual field equipment, used for detailed glaucoma investigation and monitoring, as used in hospitals.

read more › OCT is a highly advanced screening for glaucoma, diabetes, age related macular degeneration, vitreous detachments and more. The health of your eyes matters to you. It matters to us too, which is why we are offering a new way to check for potentially serious conditions that can affect not only your eyes - but your overall well-being. Using a state-of-the-art 3D Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) camera, our optometrist will take both a digital photograph and a three dimensional cross-sectional scan of the back of your eye in one sitting.

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