Independent Eye Care Experts in Sussex
Dolphins Optometrists combine years of experience in optometry with a passion for detail and a dedication to providing excellent eye care
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Staying at the forefront of modern science
Advanced equipment such as the Optos machine produces very wide angle retinal images. Traditional retinal photographs capture an area approximately 45 degrees wide. Optos produces Optomap images that are 200 degrees wide!
The images truly speak for themselves. More visibility of the retina helps to identify signs of retinal complications that can then be addressed accordingly. Certain changes that Optos helps to identify from an earlier time scale include changes in the eye related to diabetes, blood pressure and retinal tears/detachments. Whilst we would always hope that there are no complications, early detection often means more successful resolution.
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Eye Services Offered
We offer private sight tests to patients of all ages.
Whilst a standard examination will cover the basics, enhanced screening is where Dolphins Optometrists excel. We have the ability to identify issues before they start to cause problems or symptoms allowing us to manage them better. This includes screening with a special imaging machine called OCT.
You will be called through by the optometrists who will explain what’s going to happen in your eye appointment and will ask you about your reasons for visiting us.
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Contact lenses offer a great deal of freedom and flexibility with particular life-style needs. Whether you play sports, work in a steamy environment or would simply like a change for special occasions, then contact lenses would serve a real benefit. Some people like to use contact lenses on a full time basis. We can help ensure that your eyes stay healthy for whatever and however long you choose to wear your contact lenses for.
Dry Eye Clinic
Dry, itchy, watery, irritable eyes?
Do any of these sound like symptoms that you suffer with? You are not alone. Dolphins Optometrists has a specialist service targeted at addressing these frequent presentations.
With a proven track record, having operated this service since March 2017, we have had countless episodes of successful treatments.
Frames & Lenses
Finding the right frames and lenses for you at Dolphins Optometrists
Julian will use his many years of experience in professional optical dispensing to advise on the best frame and lenses to suit your lifestyle and aesthetics.
Great care and attention to detail ensures complete satisfaction and results in spectacles to be proud of.
It is very important to us that our customers are happy with their glasses!
Staying at the forefront of modern science is one of our distinguishing features
This helps us to provide a first class service in looking after the health of our patients eyes. Dolphins Optometrists are proud to have at their disposal an ultra-wide-field retinal imaging machine, Optos, and a structural layer analyser, Zeiss OCT.
Information on common eye conditions
What is Glaucoma?
Damage to the optic nerve and retinal nerve fibres. This causes loss in peripheral vision and can lead to tunnel vision and ultimately loss of complete vision.
The early signs of Glaucoma do not cause symptoms. It is therefore important to have regular eye examinations. There are specific people that are more at risk and regular monitoring is even more important. These people include:
over forty years of age
of African or Caribbean origin
are closely related to someone with chronic glaucoma
have raised pressure within the eye(s)
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macula degeneration occurs when the macula at the back of your eye becomes damaged. This can happen through issues like trauma, age, or over-exposure to harmful UV rays. Whilst macular degeneration may not affect your ability to walk around it can impact on your ability to make out fine detail on things like faces, television and computer screens.
What are Cataracts?
A gradual process which happens often with age, cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This is not painful and in the early stages may not necessarily affect your vision.
Symptoms can include a decreased ability in moving comfortably from bright areas to shadows.
Your vision might become less distinct
Street lights and headlamps are uncomfortably dazzling
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process and affects your ability to change focus in order to be able to see objects close up. Presbyopia is an inevitable part of aging and affects everyone at some point during their life.
What is Blepharitis?
Inflammation of the glands and lash follicles along the rim of the eyelids. Symptoms can include watery eyes, crusted eyelids, discharge, itching, loss of eyelashes, photophobia symptoms include itching, burning, photophobia.
How do Contact Lenses work?
Are useful for those who prefer not to wear glasses.
Types of Lenses
Soft lenses made to mould to the shape of the eye
Rigid Gas permeable lenses which do not mould to the eye but are fitted around the shape of the eye. They are less flexible than soft lenses.
Toric Lenses which take into account the rugby ball shape of the astigmatic eye and are designed not to rotate
What is Red/Green Colour Blindness?
This is usually a hereditary condition and is characterised by a reduced ability to tell the difference between various colours, most particularly red and green.
Where colour blindness presents a particular problem for someone, we are able to offer a workable solution with specialist lenses. Read more about chromogen lenses.
What does being short sighted (Myopic) mean?
Myopia is sometimes referred to as “nearsightedness” or “short sightedness” and describes an inability to focus on objects in the distance.
A regular check-up with your optometrist will ensure optimal focussing for your eyes.
What does it mean to be long sighted (Hyperopia)?
Focusing defect in which an eye is underpowered and so light rays coming from a distant object strike the retina before coming to sharp focus, blurring vision. It can mean you have trouble focussing on objects close-up. It can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism develops when the cornea is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football and can cause vision to blur. The symptons arising from astigmatism can be corrected by glasses, contact lenses, or surgery.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye can make your eye feel scratchy and sore. It is more common in older people and can happen when the chemical make-up of the tear is disturbed or the eyelid is not as effective at spreading your tears across the eye. There are a number of circumstances in which Dry Eye can occur but we have a range of solutions.
What are Eye Floaters?
These are dots and shapes that appear to float in front of your eye. They are usually harmless and occur more often in older people.
What does it mean when you have flashes in front of your eye?
Flashes are distinct from the jagged lines or blurring you may see in front of your eye during a migraine. Flashes are like small sparkles, lightning or fireworks and might occur when there is a pull on your retina or if you are hit in the eye.
You should only need to contact your optometrist if the following occurs:
a sudden increase in floaters
a new, larger floater appears
a change to flashes or floaters if you had a direct blow to the eye
a shadow that spreads across the vision of one of your eyes