GCU Vision Centre

 

Specialist Clinics

‌Specialist Clinical Services

Additional Support Needs Clinic

‌What is this clinic?

This clinic offers NHS eye examinations for patients of all ages who have complex disabilities. A standard eye examination can be an intimidating and difficult experience for someone with additional support needs. In this clinic we have the equipment and facilities to allow us to cater for most patients.

What services does this clinic offer?

It is not necessary for a patient to be able to respond to questions or to know the alphabet for us to be able to test their eyes.  We have a range of techniques and tests to allow us to assess how well our patients can see.  An examination of eye health is also carried out and spectacles can be issued if they are needed. 

How do I schedule an appointment?

Appointments can be made in person, or by contacting the eye clinic on 0141 331 3377

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available during term time on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Out with term time, patients can be seen in clinic by a staff optometrist. 

How much does it cost?

The cost of the examination is usually covered by the NHS. If the patient has recently had an eye test elsewhere, there may be a £45 charge for the consultation.

Contact this clinic

For more information you can contact us by emailing asn@gcu.ac.uk.

Paediatric and Binocular Vision Clinic

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What is this clinic?

The binocular vision clinic has excellent facilities for the investigation and management of patients who have difficulty keeping both eyes aligned ‘working together’. Patients suffering from binocular vision problems can find basic vision activities such as reading, computer use or playing sports affected. Strabismus (squint) can develop at any age and there may be symptoms of eyestrain, double vision and amblyopia (lazy eye). Diagnosis and management of these difficulties is advised as soon as possible. Treatment can be a combination of eye exercises, spectacles, occlusion therapy (patching) or referring you for further interventions. The binocular vision clinic is staffed by orthoptists who have specialised knowledge in this area.

This clinic is also well equipped to undertake paediatric vision testing. It is important for all children to have regular eye examinations as good vision is vital for children's social and educational development.

It is also important to have a child's eyes examined whether there appears to be a problem or not. Many eye problems in children do not have associated symptoms or signs. It is recommended that all children should have their first eye examination at the age of 6 months. The next examination should be before starting school and then annually thereafter.

How do I schedule an appointment?

The majority of patients are referred to us by health care professionals, teachers or employers. However, referrals are not needed for individuals to be assessed in this clinic.

Appointments can be made in person, or by contacting the eye clinic on 0141 331 3377.

When are appointments available?

All appointments are offered in the teaching clinic, which are supervised by optometrists or orthoptists available on Monday and Thursday afternoons between 2 and 4pm. Waiting times for this clinic can vary between 2 - 8 weeks.   Please let us know the age of your child when booking an appointment.

How much does it cost?

As this is a teaching clinic there is no fee.

Contact this clinic

For more information you can contact us by emailing bva@gcu.ac.uk.

Colour Vision Clinic

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‌What is this clinic?

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 their ability to perform some everyday tasks and in some cases may exclude you from certain occupations.

The colour vision clinic offers a private, diagnostic service for children and adults suspected of having defective colour vision. The type of colour vision deficiency can be diagnosed and its severity assessed.

What services does this clinic offer?

We assess any type of inherited and acquired colour vision deficiency. Advice can be given on suitability for specific occupations and written reports for employers are available. We can assess children from the age of 4 onwards, but a more accurate diagnosis can usually be achieved with 8-10 year olds.

A complete range of colour vision tests is available, including those commonly used for specific occupations, for example:

  • Armed Forces
  • Aviation/Air traffic control
  • Fire Service
  • Merchant Navy/Coastguard
  • Police/MOD Police
  • Other occupational e.g. electrical engineering

Colour vision tests available in this clinic include:

  • Pseudoisochromatic plate tests (Ishihara plates)
  • Colour arrangement tests (D15, FM 100 hue test)
  • Lantern tests (Holmes-Wright Type A & B)
  • Anomaloscopy
  • Computerised tests (CAA CAD test)  
  • and others 

What other services do we provide?

Colour correcting lenses

While colour correcting lenses do not restore colour perception to normal levels, some patients may find them beneficial for certain visual tasks. We can supply colour correcting lenses, including the Chromagen™ system, in the form of spectacles or contact lenses to suitable patients. Please note that these lenses are not usually permitted in occupations where the identification of colours is safety critical e.g. transport services or aviation.

How do I schedule an appointment?

The majority of patients are referred to us by health care professionals or their employers. However, referrals are not needed for individuals to be evaluated in this clinic.

Appointments can be made in person, or by contacting the eye clinic on 0141 331 3377.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available on Monday afternoons, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. Please note that waiting times for this clinic can vary between 2 - 10 weeks. 

How much does it cost?

The cost of an assessment, which lasts approximately 1 hour, is £50. This includes a written report. Assessment and advice is free for children under 16 years, but does not include a written report.

Contact this clinic

For more information you can contact us by emailing colourvision@gcu.ac.uk.

Dry Eye Clinic

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What is this clinic?

This clinic investigates the problems associated with dry eye conditions.  The symptoms include complaints of itchiness, redness, general discomfort and even watering of the eyes.  They can affect any age group, but are more common with increasing age.

What services does this clinic offer?

We assess any type of tear-related problem, and, using a variety of tests, determine which treatments are likely to be the most appropriate.  Once these have been found useful we refer back to your GP for on-going, repeat, prescriptions.  If necessary, we refer on for further ophthalmological investigation.

What other services do we provide?

None, this clinic is run to enhance the GCU Eye Clinic optometry and contact lens patient care.

How do I schedule an appointment?

The majority of patients are referred to us by health care professionals or employers. However, individuals can self-refer in order to be evaluated in this clinic.

Appointments can be made through the Eye Clinic: in person, by phone on 0141 331 3377.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available on Wednesday mornings. Please note that waiting times for this clinic can vary.

How much does it cost?

Currently there is no charge for assessments.  

Contact this clinic

For more information you can contact us by emailing dryeye@gcu.ac.uk.

Electrophysiology Clinic

This clinic is currently not running.

Infant Clinic

Infant clinic

What is this clinic?

This clinic offers NHS eye examinations for infants and young children. A standard eye examination can be an intimidating and difficult experience for an infant. In this clinic we have the equipment and facilities to allow us to cater for most patients.

What services does this clinic offer?

It is not necessary for a patient to be able to respond to questions or to know the alphabet for us to be able to test their eyes.  We have a range of techniques and tests to allow us to assess how well our patients can see.  An examination of eye health is also carried out and spectacles can be issued if they are needed. 

How do I schedule an appointment?

Appointments can be made in person, or by contacting the eye clinic on 0141 331 3377

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available during term time on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Infants can also be seen in the Binocular Vision Clinics on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Out with term time, patients can be seen in clinic by a staff optometrist. 

How much does it cost?

The cost of the examination is usually covered by the NHS. If the patient has recently had an eye test elsewhere, there may be a £45 charge for the consultation.

Contact this clinic

For more information about infant vision assessments you can contact us by emailing childrens-vision@gcu.ac.uk.

Low Vision Clinic

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‌What is this clinic?

This clinic offers help and advice to patients who are unable to see adequately with ordinary spectacles.

Low vision can be the result of birth defects, injuries, diseases or the aging process. Conditions include macular degeneration,  glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, cone dystrophy and others.

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, they will be referred to an appropriate specialist.

What services does this clinic offer?

We carry out a full assessment of the patient’s vision at the present time, discuss visual  requirements, and attempt to meet these, using high powered or tinted spectacles, telescopes, magnifiers, lighting and other simple gadgets.

A full range of low vision aids is available, including:

  • Coloured filter lenses for a variety of eye conditions
  • Hyperocular magnifiers
  • Hand, stand and pocket magnifiers
  • Telescopic aids
  • Field expansion prisms for hemianopia
  • Advice on electronic aids

Although low vision rehabilitation cannot restore vision loss, most patients can benefit from the service in order to make the most of their remaining sight.

If your eye condition is stable and you do not require low vision aids we can monitor the health of your eyes.

What other services do we provide?

We can provide magnification aids for a wide variety of occupational applications or leisure use. These range from simple magnifiers to highly specialised loupes for surgical or dental applications.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How do I schedule an appointment?

The majority of patients are referred to us by health care professionals or charitable organisations. However, referrals are not needed for individuals to be evaluated in this clinic. Appointments can be made in person, or by contacting the eye clinic on 0141 331 3377.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available on Wednesday afternoons. Please note that waiting times for this clinic can vary between 2 - 8 weeks. 

How much does it cost?

Assessments in this clinic are free.  You will be charged for the cost of any low vision aids we supply.

Contact this clinic

For more information you can contact us by emailing lowvision@gcu.ac.uk.

Myopia Control Clinic

Myopia Control

‌What is this clinic?

Short-sightedness, the common name for ‘myopia’, is on the increase. In the UK about 1 in 5 young adults has myopia, and in some parts of the world 90% of children are myopic.

This clinic specialises in eyecare  for young adults and children with myopia. In addition to providing glasses and contact lenses for clear vision, our services include options for reducing the progression of myopia.

You could benefit from attending this clinic if you:

  • have low to moderate myopia and your prescription has been increasing
  • do not wear glasses, but have a family history of myopia
  • do not wear glasses, but spend a lot of time doing near tasks (approximately>3h/day) and little time outdoors (<6h/week).

What services does this clinic offer?

We use specialist equipment and techniques to measure the power, size and shape of your eyes.

We will evaluate family history, lifestyle and reading habits and discuss risk factors and possible modifications to your lifestyle with you.  Measurements will be repeated at consecutive visits, usually at 6-12 month intervals.

If we identify an increase in your prescription and confirm a ‘lengthening’ of the eyes, we will suggest a management strategy, which may include the fitting of special types of contact lenses.

If your prescription remains stable or if treatment is not appropriate we will continue to monitor the length and health of your eyes.

What the clinic DOESN’T offer

Presently, there is no credible evidence that existing myopia can be reduced or reversed. While clinical trials have shown that it may be possible to slow down the excessive lengthening of the eye, most studies agree that current interventions will not stop this process completely. 

What other services do we provide?

Orthokeratology lenses

We fit and supply orthokeratology lenses to suitable patients, usually up to -4.00 DS of myopia and low degrees of astigmatism. These contact lenses are worn during the night and removed in the morning. The aim is to correct vision without the need for spectacles or contact lenses during the day, which is particularly useful for some activities, such as water or contact sports.

More information can be found on the website of the British Contact Lens Association.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Patients can self refer or be referred by other health care professionals. Appointments can be made in person, or by contacting the eye clinic on 0141 331 3377

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings. Please note that waiting times for this clinic can vary between 2 - 4 weeks. 

How much does it cost?

Attending the clinic for advice and monitoring of your myopia is free of charge. If you choose to have treatment you will be charged for any contact lenses or glasses we supply.  There may be options to reduce the cost by participating in research projects. 

Contact this clinic

For more information you can contact us by emailing to myopia@gcu.ac.uk.

Sports Vision Clinic

 ‌This clinic is currently not running.

Visual Function Testing

 Visual Functions Clinic

What is this clinic?

This clinic specialises in performing non-invasive tests that are not normally found in general eye care practices. Patients are typically referred to us by their employer, the Armed Forces or a health care professional.

What services does this clinic offer?

Services provided in this clinic include:

  • Contrast sensitivity assessment
  • Glare testing
  • Low contrast vision / Contrast acuity analysis
  • Dark adaptation measurement
  • MPOD measurement - colour perimetry method
  • Assessment  of visual perceptual problems e.g. aniseikonia or Pulfrich's effect
  • Assessment of corneal and whole eye wavefront aberrations
  • and others

How do I schedule an appointment?

The majority of patients are referred to us by eye care providers and employers. However, referrals are not needed for individuals to be evaluated in this clinic.

Appointments can be made in person, or by contacting the eye clinic on 0141 331 3377.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings.

How much does it cost?

The cost of an assessment depends on the nature and number of tests carried out and whether verbal advice is sufficient or a written report is required. Please contact us for more details.

Contact this clinic

For more information you can contact us by emailing visualfunctions@gcu.ac.uk.

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.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Appointments can be made in person, or by contacting the eye clinic on 0141 331 3377.

Contact this clinic

For more information you can contact us by emailing visualstress@gcu.ac.uk.

To make an appointment for an eye test or to be seen at any of the speciality clinics call 0141 331 3377. For more information email eyeclinic@gcu.ac.uk.