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Helping hand for students - free eye test at Cardiff University Optometrists; ADVERTISING FEATURE.

Vision has a huge impact on our lives yet many of us do not associate eyes with health and do not have a regular sight test even if we notice changes in our vision.

Regular eye examinations should be as much a part of your family''s routine as a visit to the dentist. So why is caring for our eyes so often at the bottom of our healthcare list? A sight test can save a person''s sight particularly as in the early stages of many eye conditions there may be no symptoms or changes in vision. Anyone can develop sight problems, which is why regular eye examinations are essential.

Cardiff University Optometrists are based on Maindy Road and every year the clinic provides a training ground for would-be optometrists, as well as a professional practice open to the general public. During term time students work under qualified supervision and eye examinations are carried out free of charge as they train to become first class Optometrists. Following a student eye examination, customers can enjoy the added bonus of a 20% discount off all complete spectacles prescribed. Alternatively, an eye examination with one of the clinics resident optometrists costs pounds 30 (which includes fundus camera photography) or an examination conducted by the pre-registration optometrist (a graduate in their final stage of training) costs pounds 20.

Offering all of the services you would expect from a high street opticians, as well as a wide variety of specialist services, the clinic provides top quality professional services for all ages.

Practice manager Helen Morris said: Our team of optometrists, dispensing opticians and optometric clinical assistants bring a wealth of optical experience to the practice and enable us to meet our aim of providing exceptional customer service.

A routine eye examination takes 30 minutes and involves a thorough examination of the eye structure, the health of the eye, visual field analysis and internal eye pressure. As part of our continual commitment to offer the best eye care, we use the latest specialist equipment and work with researchers at the forefront of global research. In place is a system of recording digital images of the back of the eye - allowing you to see what we see. These can be monitored over time to check the progression of ocular conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Anyone can develop sight problems but it is especially important to look after your eyes if you are: * Over 60 years of age.

From certain ethnic groups.

* Someone with a learning. disability.

From a family with a history of eye disease.


Patients are safe in the knowledge that following their eye examination expert advice is always on hand to discuss our full range of lenses and coatings.

The clinic boasts an extensive range of eyewear to suit all ages from babies to the fashion-conscious teenager. And for sporting enthusiasts we can provide eye protection for cycling, running, swimming and skiing as well as a large selection of sunglasses and contact lenses. Your eyes can look as great as they feel when you choose from more than 30 designer brands, including Prada, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Ted Baker.

Specialist eye clinics are held regularly including VDU screening, diabetic eye checks and clinics for people with special needs and for people with visual impairments.

Many people assume that we are just a student clinic, but as one of the country''s top optometry schools we are fully equipped to offer eye care to the public and are open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm all year round said Mrs Morris. * For more information, call 029 2087 4357 or call in to browse the ranges. Free car parking is available if attending the clinic.


* Dr Eirian Hughes, dispensing optician with an Optical Coherent Tomography machine
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 6, 2011
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