You can be sure that our thorough eye examinations provide an accurate assessment of your vision and the health of your eyes. Each examination can take up to 40 minutes to provide sufficient time for this.
Using the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment we check for many eye conditions including macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma to name but a few. Did you realise diabetes and raised blood pressure can sometimes be initially detected by changes to the back of the eye?
For children in particular it is very important to detect any sight problems early, as undetected they can be detrimental to their learning and development. We are happy to see children of any age and recommend regular sight tests for all children over the age of 3 years. They are of course paid for by the NHS up to the age of 16 and up to the age of 19 for those in full time education.
Retinal photography is available to everyone visiting our Ivybridge branch.
It enables us to look in great detail at the back of your eye and can help us detect early signs of eye disease. It is also useful for monitoring existing conditions such as glaucoma and diabetes.
The photos are stored so that the Optometrist can compare photos at future visits and determine if there are any changes to the retina or optic nerve.
There is no 'official' age at which you can start wearing contact lenses and neither is there any upper age limit; modern contact lenses are both comfortable and affordable for virtually any prescription and we are always happy to give you advice as to your suitability for a trial.
The majority of Contact Lenses fitted today are soft lenses. These are available as single use daily disposable lenses, 2 weekly daily wear, monthly daily wear or, in some instances, weekly or monthly sleep-in.
Today we can correct even very complex prescriptions with soft lenses but, if appropriate, we still have the option of using Rigid Gas Permeable lenses if the need arises.
There are very few people who cannot wear Contact Lenses and there are almost certainly times when most of us find that glasses are a little inconvenient. So, if you would like Contact Lenses for full time wear, part time wear, social wear, holiday wear, sports, or just for walking the dog in the rain please give us a call or come in for a chat.
We offer diabetic screening at our Ivybridge and Yealmpton branches. This is a service for those already diagnosed as diabetic. Jane Newsome and Jane Mossford are specially trained to perform the screening and assess the photos for the diabetic centre at Derriford.
Visual Stress, also often referred to as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, affects many children and adults and can cause significant visual discomfort when reading. This can affect reading fluency, comprehension, concentration and cause rapid fatigue whether reading from a printed page or from a computer screen.
Letters or words appearing blurred or as if they are moving, glare from the page or screen, problems with tracking and scanning, constantly having to re-read causing difficulty with retention, are just some symptoms.
Visual Stress is found to exist in many conditions including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Photosensitive Migraine, Photosensitive Epilepsy, Autism, ADHD, Head Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Depression and anxiety.
Colour, in the form of overlays or tinted spectacle lenses, has been found to be hugely beneficial in alleviating the symptoms and at Newsome Opticians we offer a full assessment. This usually starts with coloured overlays and then, if an overlay proves successful, it can be followed by a further assessment using the Intuitive Colorimeter. This is an instrument that fine tunes the colour far more accurately and the resulting tint is then matched precisely and made up into spectacles. Please phone or call in for further information.
Our fully equipped glazing laboratory ensures that all lenses are finished to our own exacting standards. We can often make a pair of spectacles for you within the hour, whether you choose a new frame or prefer to have your own frame reglazed.
Did you know that it is still possible to have frames for your glasses hand made for you? This is a very traditional service and involves taking multiple facial measurements, selecting a style of frame you like, selecting the colour you would like it made in and then sending all this information to a specialist workshop where a pair of glasses are made - just for you! The fit and comfort of these is second to none.
Accidental damage can occur to your frames or lenses, if it does, call in and one of our staff will give you a prompt evaluation of what will be required. We can carry out most standard repairs such as straightening frames, replacing nose pads and missing screws. Should the lens be damaged we can sometimes replace it within the hour. If the damage to your frames is too great we can send them away for soldering or specialist repair.