We have the largest choice competitively priced glasses in David Burghardt Vision Care LTD. From budget to designer be assured our trained staff will advise you on the latest frame collections to make you look and feel great.
What equipment do you use at the practice?
The equipment we use
As with all our sight examination equipment, we employ the latest computerised systems to examine your eyes before prescribing contact lenses. Here is a brief description of some of the apparatus we use in our consulting rooms.
Is it true that wearing glasses all the time will make my eyes lazy and I will become dependent on them?
No. When people wear the proper glasses they realise they can see more clearly and comfortably. What they may have considered normal and acceptable before is now inferior by comparison.
I’ve heard that contact lenses can slip round to the back of my eye. Is this true?
No. The white of your eye is covered by a protective layer called the conjunctiva which extends under the lid. This acts as a barrier to any debris in the eye and also ensures that a contact lens cannot reach the back of your eye. It has been know for contact lenses to ‘hide; beneath one of your eye lids but this is easily rectified.
I’ve been told that contact lenses wont work for me.
There are so many kinds of contact lenses available now that nearly all needs however complex they seem are catered for. At David Burghardt Vision Care we specialize in the most difficult cases and hope you will be pleasantly suprised at what is avaliable for you.
Does it matter what contact lens solution I use?
It is important that you follow the advice of your practitioner. Not every solution will suit every patient, for the lenses they are wearing. If you do change your cleaning system for any reason, always inform your practitioner.
Can I sleep in my contact lenses?
No, unless specifically told that you can by your eyecare practitioner. Sleeping in your lenses can be hazardous as it can lead to infection or damage to the cornea (front window of the eye).
If there is a history of glaucoma in my family, am I likely to inherit it?
Glaucoma affects 2% of the UK population over the age of 40 and is a disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, leading o progressive and irreversible vision loss.If there is glaucoma in the family, you may be more at risk of developing it. Glaucoma can be treated effectively if it is diagnosed in time, so be sure to have a regular eye examination.
I think I have good sight, but I would like to have glasses as a fashion accessory. Would an optician be prepared to give me glasses that don’t change my vision?
If you’ve had your eyes checked and they are as good as you think, then your practitioner will have no objection to you having plain or tinted lenses in a frame of your choice, or contact lenses that can enhance or change the colour of your eyes.
How long should a sight test take?
It depends on who the patient is. A young, healthy person with no apparent problems will take about 20 minutes. Someone older, perhaps with high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma or other ailments can take much longer. The optometrist will determine what clinical tests are needed to provide the correct information for new glasses or contact lenses. At David Burghardt Vision Care we like to dedicated a minimum of 40 minutes to all our private patients to ensure we can provide the highest stnadard of eye care avaliable tailored to the individual.
Are paper tissues alright for cleaning my glasses with?
If you have plastic lenses in your glasses then dry tissues will scratch them. It is generally better to dampen the tissue, or even use soapy water and a soft cloth. Glasses with anti-glare coatings should be cleaned with a special cloth and spray. We always have plenty of cloths avaliable as well as special Lens cleaning spray, so please call in at any time.
How old does a child have to be before he or she can have an eye examination?
It is never too early for any eye exam. Most children have their first eye examination before they begin school. Vision is integral to a childs development and learning. Even if no vision problem has ever been expressed it is important that our optometrists determine your childs vision is prepared to handle the visual stress of reading, writing and other close work. It doesnt matter if you think your child is too young to talk or know their letters. Specially designed age appropriate tests enable our optomertrists to detect any visual problem from a very young age.Children often dont realise that their eyes are under too much strain and rarely report vision problems. Regular check ups ensure your childs eye sight is always at its very best.
I’m diabetic. Does that make a difference?
Yes. Diabetes can cause severe problems with your sight. It is very important that your eyes are checked every year, preferably with drops to dilate the pupil, so that the retina (back of the eye) can be examined thoroughly. The hospital may rountinely carry out a scan of your eyes looking for any changes in your eye due to diabetes, whilst this is great in looking after the maintance of your eye in relation to diabetes, it does not however look for any other problems which are not related. At David Burghardt Vision Care we take the maintenance of your vision and eye health very seriously and would always carry out extensive further tests to ensure your overall eye health was at its optimum.
Is an optometrist the same as an optician?
The term ‘optometrist’ came into use in 1987 to replace ‘ophthalmic optician’ in the same way that ‘pharmacist’ replaced ‘chemist’. An optician can be ophthalmic, dispensing or manufacturing; it is the optometrist who is qualified to test your eyes. Some dispensing opticians have extra qualifications that enable them to fit contact lenses and carry out certain clinical tests.