Opticians expands eye health services

Specsavers to offer eye health services
Specsavers to offer eye health services

An opticians has launched a new range of specialist eye health services on behalf of the NHS.

Specsavers in St Helens can investigate and help manage a number of eye conditions, including watery, red, sticky, itchy and dry eye symptoms making waiting for GP and hospital waiting times a thing of the past.

Anyone suffering from one of these problems can book an appointment with the Bridge Street store directly, often for the same day, or could be referred through their GP.

This service is available to people who are registered with a GP in St Helens and Halton.

The store’s qualified optometrists can also assess cataracts and advise patients on the options for care and treatment and provide follow-up appointments after operations. A diabetic screening service is also available at the store.

Delivered on behalf of the NHS, there is no cost to the customer for these services apart from charges for some eye drops, if needed, and appointments can be booked at short notice.

Store director Andrew Dagnall said: “Specsavers has long been a champion not only of the importance of regular eye tests but of general eye health.

“We already detect and manage more eye conditions than any other UK opticians. In our store we introduced free digital retinal photography as part of our regular eye examination several years ago, allowing us to detect signs of many conditions and monitor progress, including glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“We are proud to take our clinical expertise a stage further and enhance the level of care we can offer people in St Helens with the added benefit of helping to reduce the pressure on our local NHS services.”

Additional eye health services are now available in selected Specsavers stores nationwide. The store in St Helen’s can now detect and manage minor eye conditions, including red eye, dry eye and floaters on the same day. Help with more complex conditions will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

For more information call the store on 01744 453665 or log onto specsavers.co.uk.