Opticians in Bexhill
If you’re in Bexhill and looking for a local optician, then please take a look at Focus Medical Eye Centre. We are only down the road in Hailsham with plenty of free parking available within the town. Award-winning local opticians with qualified, optometrists, opticians, and ophthalmologists. We’re all here working to give you the best service we can! There are possibly lots of opticians in Bexhill already. But if you want a surgery that can meet all your eye needs then why not get in touch.
Our Trained Opticians
When you go to an optician, you will probably meet different people who carry out different roles in the practice. For many years, the word ‘Optician’ has described staff members within a practice. But who actually is the optician? The simple answer is that it can refer to either the person conducting your eye examination or the person fitting and measuring your spectacles.
The person who conducts your eye examination inside the consulting room is called the Optometrist. These people will be the ones who will be trying to get the right prescription for your eyes. You may be familiar with these people who test you to see whether you can read the letters on the Eye charts at the end of the room. A Dispensing Optician is the lense expert who helps you to pick out your new spectacles outside the consulting room. This person is a professional in making sure you’re picking out the right glasses.
Optometrists & Ophthalmologists
Optometrists are the primary provider of vision care. These members of staff have completed a degree in Optometry, and spend a minimum of 4 years studying before becoming a qualified Optometrist. This training means they can examine and diagnose vision difficulties or diseases of the eye. They can test and prescribe spectacles or contact lenses, and provide other medical treatments. Overseeing all of this is the General Optic Council who help maintain standards and codes of practice within the profession. Focus Medical Eye Centre are registered with this body to make sure we are following all regulations.
Some Optometrists choose to specialise and undertake further training and qualifications. A prescribing Optometrist can prescribe medications for the treatment of various eye conditions and has effectively become an ‘eye GP’. Other specialists can include Paediatrics, including School Vision, Glaucoma and Medical Retina including Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
We’re very lucky to have Mr Shahram Kashani, who is lead Consultant Ophthalmologist for East Sussex NHS Trust. Mr Kashani is a specialist in the diagnosis, management and treatment of retinal diseases. So if you need to see an Ophthalmologist – get in touch with us.
Please note: Anthony is a fully qualified Prescribing Optometrist in addition to being a Hospital Specialist Optometrist. Amanda is a fully qualified School Vision Children’s Specialist Practitioner in addition to her normal roles.
The Role of a Dispensing Optician
The dispensing optician is responsible for giving advice on the fitting and supplying of the most appropriate spectacles for you. They are trained to take into account each patient’s visual, lifestyle and vocational needs. At Focus Medical Eye Centre, Sara is our fully qualified dispensing Optician and Practice Manager. She will help you find the right pair of spectacles or contact lenses for you.
Sara is able to fit and provide aftercare for contact lenses after undergoing further specialist training. Dispensing Opticians typically have undertaken at least 3 years of specialist training and will also be registered with the General Optical Council.
Dispensing opticians also give advice and dispense low vision aids to those who are partially sighted. As well as advising on and dispensing to children where appropriate.
These staff members support all the roles in the practice. Based on the needs of the practice and their level of training, they can carry out a range of roles. The role of an Optical Assistant can range from reception and admin work through to carrying out delegated tests for the Optometrists and dispensing spectacles. An Optical Assistant generally works under the supervision of an Optometrist or Dispensing Optician.
In Bexhill and Need to Make an Opticians Appointment?
We advertise in this area as lots of new people are looking for opticians in Bexhill. Focus Medical Eye Centre can help give you great knowledge, a full range of spectacles and contact lenses as well as easy payment plans. We see customers from all around the area of East Sussex, including Polegate, Horam & Heathfield, Herstmonceux, Pevensey, Bexhill and even Eastbourne.