Independent optometry practices in Essex are adapting their business models to account for the rapid growth of national chain operators such as Specsavers and Vision Express. Many traditional High Street independent opticians (these days referred to as optometrists) have been forced out of business or been pushed into niche areas such as providing NHS services or high end designer glasses that the chain operators do not carry.
Another development in optometry is the advent of laser eye surgery to correct vision impairment. You often see television advertisements for private surgical and plastic surgery clinics offering the treatment as well as Specsavers, Vision Express and other small national optometry chains. They also compete fiercely with press and online advertising, spending huge amounts of their budgets to be placed at the top of the first page of Google.
The procedure is effective in the majority of cases however there are no studies about long-term outlook or side effects due to the recency of the technology. Many studies over the coming decades will show whether the procedure provides lifelong eyesight correction, a reversion over time or can cause other medical conditions or complications in later life.
For most, when eyesight needs correction, glasses or contact lenses are the answer. These can be purchased from dispensing optometrists after diagnosis through traditional eye tests or eye exams. Modern technology allows optometrists to take photographs of the back of the eye in order to check for various diseases or problems.
Optometrists can also help in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as dyslexia. This is done using a colorimetry test, to see whether dyslexics find it easier to read when colours are substituted. If a patient can read more easily by changing the colour of the page or writing, they can order coloured overlays or tinted glasses to reduce the effect of the condition and its impact on their lives. This treatment can also have a positive effect on conditions such as migraines. For more information or to request a colorimetry test, you should contact your local optometrist.