Dry Eye / Tear film Clinic

Known more correctly as tear film dysfunction, many people suffer from the symptoms of this which can include your eyes feeling dry, gritty, sore, tired, watery and visually disturbed.  Tear film dysfunction occurs when there is a reduction in the normal amount of tears you eyes lacrimal glands produce, or a problem with tear chemistry.  Causes are commonly age, medication, reduced blink rate, illness and damage to your eye.  The function of your tear film is to provide moisture and nourishment to your eye by forming a smooth, uninterrupted layer over your eyes surface, which is replenished and dissipated with every blink. Treatment is usually given in the form of eye drops or artificial tears.  There are many different brands and types of drop and your optician will recommend the one that best suits your specific needs.

Diabetic Retinal Screening

We are one of only two practice in Banbury that offer this service in association with the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Oxfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Service.  The purpose of the screening programme is to ensure that every diabetic person has detailed, digital images are taken of the retinas of the eyes that are graded and screened by trained professional to nationally agreed protocols.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK and rates of diabetes are climbing at an alarming rate. People with diabetes are at risk of a condition called diabetic retinopathy which damage to the fine blood vessels that supply the retina.  If left undiagnosed and untreated this can cause sight loss and eventually complete blindness. Follow this link for further details of diabetic eye screening http://www.oxfordshireloc.org.uk/public/optometry-services/diabetic-screening/

Glaucoma Screening

To give its official title, Intra Ocular Pressure refinement is another service we offer to all patients in association with Oxford University Hospitals Trust.  When you have an eye examination by your optician many of you will have had the “puff of air” test.  If after this test your pressure fall outside the normal ranges you would normally have been referred to the eye hospital for further checks on your eye pressure using a more accurate method.  Dray’s eyecare have invested in this more accurate equipment, which enables us to perform these checks without the need to inconvenience patients with trips to the eye hospital and freeing up more time at the hospitals themselves to deal with other cases.  For more information on this specialist service please follow this link http://www.oxfordshireloc.org.uk/public/optometry-services/glaucoma/