Specialised Clinics

GCU Visual Electrophysiology Clinic

GCU Visual Electrophysiology Clinic: GCU has the facilities for specialised testing that is otherwise available only in hospitals. Patients from our own clinic as well as those referred by optometrists and ophthalmologists have access to electroretinography (ERG), electro-oculography (EOG) and visual evoked potential (VEP) testing to help in the diagnosis of conditions affecting the retinal lining of the eye, the optic nerves or visual pathways to the brain.

Low Vision Clinic

This Clinic offers help and advice to patients with low vision who are unable to see adequately with ordinary spectacles. Low vision can be the result of birth defects, injuries, diseases or the aging process. Common conditions include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa. While many conditions can be treated with medication or surgery, some damage to the tissue may remain, resulting in low vision.

We carry out a full assessment of the patient’s vision at the present time, discuss visual problems and requirements, and then attempt to meet these, using high powered or tinted spectacles, telescopes, magnifiers, lighting and other simple gadgets. Although low vision rehabilitation cannot restore vision loss, most patients can benefit from services to make the most of their remaining sight.

The Clinic does not offer medical or surgical treatment for any eye diseases. If, after assessment, it is felt that such treatment might be appropriate, or further medical investigation of a patient’s eye condition is needed, then they will be referred to an eye specialist.

Binocular Vision and Colour Vision Clinic

Binocular Vision Clinic

The binocular vision clinic has excellent facilities for the investigation and management of patients who have difficulty keeping both eyes aligned. These binocular vision type problems can lead to symptoms of eye strain or double vision and can often be helped by giving eye exercises, spectacles or referring you for other interventions. The binocular vision clinic is staffed by optometrists who have specialised knowledge in this area. There is a charge for this clinic for over 16-year-olds.

Colour Vision Assessments

Approximately 1 in 12 males and 1 in 200 females have defective colour vision. These individuals may find it difficult to tell the difference between certain combinations of colours. This can affect the ability to perform some everyday tasks and in some cases may be a bar to certain occupations. There are many different types and severities of colour vision deficiency. Within the binocular vision clinic we offer a private, diagnostic service for children and adults suspected of having defective colour vision. A complete range of tests is available and advice is given on suitability for specific occupations including work in transport services, aviation and the armed forces.

Visual Stress Clinic

The award winning visual stress clinic has been running since 2000 and started as part of Dr Northway’s PhD study into the use of coloured lenses to improve reading. The clinic staff are specially trained to provide treatment for children and adults with reading, writing, spelling and attention difficulties caused by dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, visual stress, brain injury, stroke and many other conditions. The benefits of treatment include reduced headaches, improved reading and spelling, and even better exam results!

We are setting the standards of care in this area in the UK and have developed protocols that are now being used in the NHS and by other clinics. Our unique approach leaves no stone unturned in a bid to find possible visual or auditory difficulties that might be making reading and writing more difficult than they should be. Assessments are possible on children from the age of 6 and there is no age limit for adults.