Opticians in Polegate
If you are looking for opticians in Polegate, then have you thought about Focus Medical Eye Centre? We are only a stone’s throw away, down in Hailsham and have qualified opticians, optometrists, an ophthalmologist as well as dispensing opticians and optical assistants. All there to give you the best service possible!
The word ‘Optician’ has been used for many years to describe staff members within a practice. But what does it actually mean and who does it refer to? The simple answer can refer to either the person conducting your eye examination or the person fitting and measuring your spectacles. Optician is a generic name and as such will mean different things to different people.
An Optometrist is a person who actually conducts your eye examination inside a consulting room. A Dispensing Optician is the person who is the lens expert who helps you pick your new spectacles outside of the consulting room. They are both professionals with special qualifications and have very important but different roles within a practice.
An Optometrist is the primary provider of vision care. They have completed a degree in Optometry and have spent a minimum of 4 years in the study before qualifying. They are registered with the General Optic Council which oversees standards and codes of practice within the profession. An optometrist can examine and diagnose vision difficulties or diseases of the eye. They can test and prescribe spectacles or contact lenses and other medical treatments.
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 become an ‘eye GP’ in effect. Other specialities can include Paediatrics including School Vision, Glaucoma and Medical Retina including Age Related Macula Degeneration.
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 Specialist Practitioner in addition to her normal roles.
We are also privileged to have Mr Shahram Kashani, the lead Consultant Ophthalmologist at East Sussex NHS trust. Mr Kashani specialises in the diagnosis, management and treatment of retinal diseases. If you need to see an ophthalmologist, then please get in touch.
A dispensing optician is the primary provider of dispensing services within a practice. They are responsible for advising on, fitting and supplying the most appropriate spectacles. After taking account of each patient’s visual, lifestyle and vocational needs.
Dispensing opticians also play an important role in advising and dispensing low-vision aids to those who are partially sighted. As well as advising on and dispensing to children where appropriate.
They are also able to fit and provide aftercare for contact lenses after undergoing further specialist training. They typically have undertaken at least 3 years of specialist training and will also be registered with the General Optical Council which oversees standards and codes of practice within the profession.
Please Note: Sara is a fully qualified Dispensing Optician and Practice Manager at Focus Medical Eye Centre.
Optical assistants are the support staff of a practice. They have different roles within a practice based on the needs of the practice and their level of training. 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.
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We advertise in this area as lots of people are looking for opticians in Polegate. 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.