Hearing Clinic

HEARING CLINIC

Hearing loss usually occurs later in life and happens gradually; usually we don’t notice a change in our hearing until our lifestyle is impacted. So, if you’re over the age of 40, it’s important to have your hearing tested regularly. Here at Pinder Eyecare, our hearing tests are completely free, carried out by one of our qualified hearing aid dispencers. Depending on the results of the test, we’ll talk you through the best options for you, with the trust that we only recommend the aid you need. If you’re concerned about your hearing, book in for a free test here with one of our fully qualified hearing professionals. If you’re not sure if you’d benefit from a hearing test, we’ve listed some of common symptoms below to help you understand the health of your hearing and changes that may occur.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OFHEARING LOSS Having the TV or radio volume uncomfortably loud for others Finding it difficult to hear dialogue at the cinema or theatre Phone conversations are difficult Asking people to repeat things or misunderstanding what they say Difficulty following conversations Feeling isolated because you’re finding it difficult to hear

WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR HEARING TEST? Firstly, we’ll discuss your hearing health with you, including questions about your lifestyle as well as your hearing and health history Secondly, we’ll examine your ears where we can assess the health of your ear and ear canal and we can identify any wax, infection or obstruction that could affect your hearing. Penultimately, we’ll test the hearing itself, we’ll present a sequence of sounds and ask you to press a button whenever you hear one Lastly, we’ll talk you through your results and if your test indicates that your hearing is within normal levels, we’ll invite you to come back for another regular check in two years’ time.

EARWAX MICROSUCTION We offer earwax microsuction, a treatment that allows our audiologists to remove excess wax whilst at the same time carefully leaving a protective layer. HEARING AIDS We stock a wide range of digital hearing aids to suit your lifestyle and stock leading brands including Starkey, Phonak and Oticon which use the latest technology to enhance your hearing. There are several types of aids for different needs and budgets; many are very small and discreet. Your hearing loss may be mild or profound and we will discuss the options with you. Starting from £250 per instrument (aid) and ranging to £1495 for a sophisticated product, you will find we offer outstanding value. Interactive Technology Hearing Instruments are now available with Geotag locations. This allows your hearing aid to automatically cange to any programmed situation inclduing home, work or just about any environment. You are in control! Free aftercare and ongoing support is included in our complete price.

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Children's Eye Care

CHILDREN'S EYE CARE

Your child is never too young for an eye examination. We recommend to give them their first eye exam around the age of 3 years. Good vision is essential in every child’s development and regular eye examinations are the key to good eyesight. A child does not have to be able to read the letters or pictures on the Chart, to have their eyes examined. We can tell how well the eyes are seeing using simple tests and using instruments (shinning lights) and watching how the eyes respond. A recent Eyecare Trust study found that around a million young people in the UK have undetected vision problems which may cause difficulty in learning. Whilst more than 90% of children visit a dentist regularly, just over 50% have ever had an eye test. (Reference: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Survey 2013). It is claimed that over 80 percent of what a child learns in school is visually, so ensuring that your son or daughter has good vision can make a significant difference in their academic performance. It’s easy for parents/guardians to think there’s nothing wrong with their child’s sight, not realising that vision can change quickly as young children’s eyes develop. The NHS provide free glasses for children and at Pinder Eyecare, we provide a Free Second pair as spares – as accidents can happen. Repairs and replacements are also provided Free by the NHS, for under 16’s. Our junior range includes: Ray- Ban, No Fear, Nike, Disney's Frozen, Danger Mouse, Peter Rabbits Horrid Henry, Emogji, Marvel We recommend an annual eye examination for your children and a parent or guardian must be present when a child is having an eye examination. Click here to book an appointment. We understand the test room can feel a little intimidating for a young child so we ensure that techniques are used to make each child feel as welcome and as relaxed as possible.

LOOK OUT FOR THESE WARNING SIGNS Excessive Blinking Using their finger whilst reading to guide their eyes Squinting Complaining of tired eyes or headaches Excessive tearing and/or light sensitivity Eye straining or head tilting to see better Peering closely at books & TV Frequent eye rubbing Closing an eye to see better, watch TV or read Complaining of computer, phone or tablet screens hurting their eyes Bumping into objects Poor performance at school

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Blephex

BLEPHEX

BlephEx™ is the first and only treatment for eye cleaning to help maintain clean and healthy eyelids. This revolutionary treatment is a new procedure that allows us to take an active roll in treating and preventing the risk of dry eyes and blepharitis. BlephEx™ is a new and revolutionary patented hand piece, used to very carefully and precisely, run a medical grade micro-sponge along the border of your lashes and eyelids, removing crust and debris whilst exfoliating and improving the overall health of your eyelids. BlephEx™ takes just minutes to perform and patients who receive the treatment can enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritable symptoms associated with blepharitis and eye infections. Contact us today to learn more about BlephEx™ and book in for life changing treatment.

BlephEx™ is suitable for: People suffering from blepharitis Individuals with dry eye General discomfort or tired eyes Contact lens wearers to give the eyes a “deep clean” Ladies wearing eyelash extensions – removes glue and grime in between news sets of lashes

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OCT

OCT (3D EYE SCAN)

As part of our commitment to giving you the best possible eye care, we now offer a state of the art, advanced OCT 3D eye scan that can detect eye disease at the earliest possible stage. Our OCT eye scan allows us to easily and accurately detect numerous key eye conditions, including macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease during your routine eye test. Up to 80% of vision impairment and blindness can be prevented by early detection with our OCT eye scan. Throughout a normal eye examination, your optometrist can only see the top layer of your retina. The 3D OCT scan allows viewing of the deeper layers of retinal tissues, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your eyes are in great condition.

WHAT IS OCT? Ocular Coherence Tomography is a non-intrusive advanced eye scan that allows us to view each layer of the retina. No matter your age, you can have an OCT scan. Much like an ultrasound, OCT uses light instead of soundwaves to illustrate the layers within the back of the eye. Our 3D OCT eye scan also captures a digital photograph of the surface of the eye at the same time, this is then cross-referenced with any areas of concern. Click here to watch our OCT Video WHAT HAPPENS DURING OCT? You will sit in front of the OCT machine and rest your head on a support. The equipment will then scan your eye without touching it. The process is completely painless and scanning takes approximately 20 seconds per eye. The optometrist will then take the time to explain the results to you and show you how your eye looks in 3D.

WHEN & HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE AN OCT EYE SCAN? If you decide to have the scan carried out, it will be included every time you have your eyes examined with us. We strongly recommend the scan if: You are over 40 years old Blurriness or impaired vision Straight lines appear wavy or bent Trouble reading or concentrating on activity Dark vision or empty patches in the centre of your vision HOW MUCH DOES AN OCT EYE SCAN COST? An OCT eye scan costs a one-off payment of £20.

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Emergency Appointments

EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS

If you're experiencing any eye discomfort, pain or eyesight issues, we offer NHS emergency appointments 6 days per week. We will always try to see patients as quickly as possible. When you come in for your emergency appointment, we will check your vision and run a short eye test to assess the problem you are having. From the results we will be able to find you a solution to the problem which may or may not include suitable medication or treatment.

If you’re experiencing eye discomfort, pain or eyesight issues, we offer emergency appointments. The following symptoms may indicate an emergency that requires immediate medical attention: Double vision (seeing two things at once) Black spots or flashes of light Sudden vision loss in one eye Seeing halos or rainbows around light Loss of peripheral (side) vision Curtain-like disappearance of vision Eye injury or pain Sudden hazy or blurred vision

Other symptoms that may arise and require an appointment but may not require an emergency examination: Blurred vision Light sensitivity Red, crusty or swollen eyelids Burning, dry or itchy eyes Eye strain and/or frequent mild headaches Excessive eye tearing or watering Difficulty seeing dark environments

If you have any concerns about your eyes, please contact us today - we're here to help. CONTACT US TODAY

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