F G Brown Opticians

Tel: 01449 612812

Our Specialist Care

Eye health and eye care

A routine eye examination can reveal more than just what you can see. Eyesight is such an important sense for all of us; just imagine what life would be like without it. Everybody can and should take steps to have their eyes checked regularly, usually about every two years.

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An eye examination not only assesses how well you can see and whether improvements could be made with spectacles, contact lenses or even eye exercises, it also reveals how healthy your eyes are, as well as giving you information about your general health.

When an optometrist looks into your eyes he or she will be able to see the blood vessels at the back of the eyes and changes to these may reflect changes elsewhere in the body, such as diabetes or blood pressure. Early detection of such problems not only preserves your eyesight but can help improve your quality of life. Other tests can include measurements of eye pressure, how well the eyes work together, separately, and assessment of the peripheral vision.

At F G Brown we are proud of the equipment we are able to offer in practice to be able to detect eye problems. We have two of the newest, most high-tech machines available — the Optomap Retinal Exam and the Zeiss Cirrus HD OCT machine.


F G Brown provides both private and free NHS sight tests. We can provide a free NHS sight test if:

  • You are under 16
  • You are over 60
  • You are a full time student up to the age of 18
  • You suffer from diabetes/glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • You are prescribed complex lenses

If you or your partner receives any kind of Income Support please enquire and we can advise you on whether you qualify for a free sight test. We also accept VDU screening eye care vouchers.

We offer many additional testing methods, which are usually only available at large hospital ophthalmology departments such as the Optomap Retinal Examination, the Cirrus OCT and the Humphrey Field of Vision examination.

We conduct contact lens examinations and trials for those who wish to go down the route of contact lenses, for both full time wearers and occasional wearers.

We also have an intuitive colorimeter machine. For some people reading is not easy and one possible reason is Meares Irlen syndrome. Essentially, print appears unclear because of distortion by certain colours of light. A suitable tint in the form of an overlay or a spectacle tint allows print to be seen more easily. Early detection in children is important, to ensure that they achieve full potential whilst at school.

If you or someone you know is housebound and cannot leave the house to have an eye exam then we can offer you a domiciliary visit, where an optician will visit the house where the patient lives to carry out the exam. He or she can also bring a selection of spectacles for you to choose from if you require a new prescription.

The Optomap

The Optomap Retinal Examination allows us to see much more of the retina than normal means allow.

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The Optomap Retinal Examination is fast: it is completed in just a quarter of a second.

Nothing touches your eye at any time during the process and, as no drops are needed, you can resume normal activities immediately.

As the examination is digital, it gives a permanent record of the condition of your retina. This is very important in helping us detect and measure any changes in your retina.

Millions of people worldwide have benefited from an Optomap exam: a new standard in healthcare. It is important everyone has a regular Optomap retinal exam to ensure your overall wellbeing and to give you peace of mind. Signs of other diseases that affect not just your eyes can also be detected (eg heart disease, hypertension, cancer and diabetes, stroke and age related macular degeneration).

Cirrus HD-OCT (optical coherence tomographer)

The OCT is a 3D, high definition scanner, which uses line scans to take images of the retina and shows precise detail of retinal tissue and ocular structures, which can help with the analysis for detection and management of glaucoma and retinal diseases.

The OCT is comfortable and straightforward, it has the ability to remember the positioning of the chin rest from each patient’s last exam, and with adjustable heights, the OCT can be placed in a position that is comfortable for you.

With the machine’s new technology it can produce layer segmentation maps, which provide excellent visualisation for monitoring the thickness of layers at the back of the eye and around the retina, which is the key for spotting the early signs of glaucoma and other eye conditions.

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