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Specialist Services Available

 

Accredited Glaucoma Clinic

What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions that affect vision by causing damage to the Optic Nerve.

Research suggests that a form of glaucoma affects around 2% of people in the UK who are over 40. Because the risk of glaucoma increases as you get older, it's important to have your eyes tested regularly.

Glaucoma often affects both eyes, usually in varying degrees. One eye may develop glaucoma quicker than the other.
If glaucoma is left untreated it can cause blindness. However, if it's diagnosed and treated early enough, further damage to your vision can be prevented.

Corry & Christie is one of only two practices in Grampian accredited to provide glaucoma referral assessments for the Eye Clinic at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Since the introduction of the ‘Grampian Glaucoma Referral Refinement and Monitoring Scheme’ in 2004, the practice has carried out well over 2500 assessments for the Eye Clinic, helping to reduce glaucoma referral waiting times in Grampian from over 24 weeks to around 6 weeks.

Appointments at our Glaucoma Clinic can only be arranged by the Eye Clinic, but all Corry & Christie patients will receive a Glaucoma assessment as part of their Eye Examination (including where necessary the use of any of our specialist glaucoma procedures).

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Children's SPEC Scheme

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital SPEC Scheme was initiated in 2003 to allow children with visual problems who are under still the control of the Hospital, access to refractions and eyewear in a community setting.

We have been accredited with the SPEC Scheme since its introduction, and welcome children of any age for eye examinations.

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Dry Eye Management

What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the front of the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have poor quality tears. Dry Eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.

Tears are produced by several glands in and around the eyelids. Tear production tends to diminish with age, with various medical conditions, or as a side effect of certain medicines. Environmental conditions such as wind and dry climates can also affect tear volume by increasing tear evaporation. When the normal amount of tear production decreases or tears evaporate too quickly from the eyes, symptoms of dry eye can develop.

These symptoms can include: irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision.

Dry Eye Management at Corry & Christie
Although there is no cure for Dry Eye, we can you give advice and can also recommend some products and procedures which sometimes significantly reduce your symptoms.

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Eye Health Appointments

In September 2007 an Eye Health Network was established in Grampian whereby people with an eye problem could be seen at no charge and at short notice in an Optical Practice. This Network has transformed emergency eye care in Grampian, saving patients from often lengthy waits at the Hospital Eye Out Patient Department and relieving much needed pressure from the Eye Clinic.

Corry & Christie is an active member of Grampian Eye Health Network and we will try to accommodate anyone who comes to us with an eye problem (If it is not possible for us to see you, we will arrange for you to be seen at a nearby practice). We have also attained additional accreditation to remove corneal foreign bodies.

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Low Vision Assessments

What is Low Vision?
A person is considered to have Low Vision when vision is reduced even when the correct spectacles are worn. Low Vision can often cause restrictions/difficulties when performing everyday tasks eg when reading.

There are a number of eye conditions that can result in Low Vision. Whilst treatment is available for some eye conditions, it is not always possible to restore perfect vision.

Different eye conditions can affect vision in very different ways, and so in order to make the most use of remaining vision, it is important that any Low Vision patient understands the nature of their eye condition, and receives professional advice regarding the use of optical and non-optical aids which may be of benefit.

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Macular Degeneration Assessments

What is Macular Degeneration?
Age Related Macular Degeneration or AMD is the leading caused of visual impairment in the western world, and occurs when the delicate cells of the macula (central retina) become damaged and stop working.

AMD is not painful and does not lead to total sight loss as peripheral vision is not affected.

Two forms of the disease exist:

  • ‘Dry AMD’ is by far the most common form of the disease (90%) and causes a gradual fading or blurring of central vision. There is no medical treatment for dry AMD, however, aids such as magnifiers can be helpful for detailed tasks, and patients should be aware of the symptoms that may arise should the disease progress to the more severe ‘wet’ form.

  • ‘Wet AMD’ results in new blood vessels growing behind the retina, this causes bleeding and scarring, which can lead to sight loss. Wet AMD can develop quickly and sometimes responds to treatment in the early stages.

What Causes AMD?
At the moment the exact cause of AMD is not known - however a number of risk factors have been identified:

  • Age - AMD is an age related condition so growing older makes the condition more likely.
  • Gender - Women are more likely to develop macular degeneration than men.
  • Genetics - There appear to be a number of genes which may have an impact on whether someone develops AMD or not
  • Smoking - A number of studies have linked smoking to the development of AMD. It has also been shown that stopping smoking can reduce the risk of AMD developing.
  • Sunlight - Some research shows that lifetime exposure to sunlight may affect the retina. It is a good idea to wear sunglasses to protect the eyes.
  • Nutrition - Research suggests that some vitamins and minerals can protect against AMD

AMD Assessments at Corry & Christie
All of our eye examinations include a detailed assessment of the retina, with particular attention paid to the appearance of the optic nerve head and macula. We also have a digital retina camera which is invaluable in helping to monitor subtle retinal changes (we do not charge over 60's for digital retinal photography).

If we feel you are at risk of developing Wet AMD, we will ensure you understand the signs and symptoms to look out for, and will monitor your eyes on a regular basis.

We also stock Nutritional Supplements specifically for AMD and will be happy to give you advice regarding these.

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Sports Vision

Most sports involve making accurate decisions based on information obtained from vision. In fact, as much as 85-90% of an athlete’s sensory input comes from their eyes.

The visual and eye safety requirements of different sports can vary greatly, and it has been shown that wearing the correct eyewear can have a significant influence on sporting performance.

At Corry & Christie we stock and have access to a wide selection of sporting eyewear ranging from snooker specs and prescription goggles to precision tinted sporting varifocals.

We will be happy to demonstrate the benefits of any of these, and to give advice to help you maximise your performance, enjoyment and eye-safety in your chosen sport.

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List of Specialist Services

     
» Accredited Glaucoma Clinic
» Children's SPEC Scheme
» Dry Eye Management
» Eye Health Appointments
» Low Vision Assessments
» Macular Degeneration Assessments
» Sports Vision

 

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