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Eye Care in Hillingdon

If you have any concerns regarding your eyes,  you should consult your Optometrist immediately. They can advise you on the action you then need to take. Optometrists (previously known as Ophthalmic Opticians) are trained professionals who examine eyes, test sight, give advice on visual problems, and prescribe and dispense spectacles or contact lenses. They also recommend other treatments or visual aids where appropriate. Optometrists are trained to recognise eye diseases, referring such cases as necessary, and can also use or supply various eye drugs. Optometrists study at university for at least three years and participate in a full year of training and supervision, called the pre-registration year, before qualifying. Once qualified, they have the opportunity to develop their interests in specialist aspects of practice such  as contact lenses, eye treatment, low vision, children’s vision and sports vision. All optometrists practising in the UK must be registered with the General Optical Council, the profession’s regulatory body, and are listed in the Opticians Register. Within an Opticians practice, you may also come across Dispensing opticians. Dispensing opticians advise on, fit and supply spectacle frames and lenses after taking account of each patient's lifestyle and vocational needs. Dispensing opticians are also able to fit contact lenses after undergoing further specialist training. They are registered with and regulated by the General Optical Council and their representative body is the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. If you require any treatment or further investigation for your eyes, you will visit an Ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists specialise in eye disease, treatment and surgery. Medically qualified, they mainly work in eye hospitals and hospital eye departments. Ophthalmologists are registered and regulated by the General Medical Council and their representative body is the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

 

Pathways

Eye care “pathways” have been created to allow rapid and efficient access to the relevant care for common eye conditions. Within Hillingdon, the following schemes operate. More information can be found by contacting your Optometrist.WET AMD Rapid Refferal Scheme This scheme allows for patients with WET AMD to gain treatment within 2 weeks of seeing your Optometrist. If you have any concerns about your vision, book an eye test and your Optometrist who can examine your eyes and advise you appropriately. Diabetic Retinal Screening Services (DRSS) All diabetic patients should attend DRSS annually. Here, a photograph is taken of your retinae in order to monitor any changes caused by diabetes. This should not replace your annual eye examination with your Optometrist.

 

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Welcome to the website of the Hillingdon Local Optical Committee. This website provides information concerning eye care services within Hillingdon.

 

If you have any specific questions concerning your eyes / eyecare, please contact your Optician.

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