A Quality Practice
At Rach Optometrists, we offer a high standard of professional advice from our base in the heart of Fife.
We’re proud of our personal attention and traditional values. It’s these values, coupled with some of the most advanced
optical technology, that help make this a unique independent family practice.
For more information on any of our services, or to make an appointment call the practice on 01592 751460 or contact us using the contact form.
The importance of regular eye checks?
We all rely on our eyes and good eyesight in every aspect of our daily lives, but suprisingly most people do not have their eyes examined on a regular basis, and many have never had an eye examination.
Why? Part of the reason is that eyes, unlike teeth, don't normally let you know in an obvious way that something is wrong. Our thorough eye examination can identify problems such as blind spots or peripheral vision defects, providing vital information for the early detection of more serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and age related defects.
Do I need an eye test?
Most people who have their eyes tested do so because they are experiencing eye-related problems or they simply would like a new pair of glasses or contact lenses. Some of these problems may include; inability to see at a certain distances, headaches, tiredness, a family history of eye-related problems, old age or difficulties due to prolonged uses of VDUs or computer screens.
Regardless of whether you are experiencing problems or not we would recommend that you should have an eye test every two years.
Common eye diseases and problems
Information on common eye diseases and problems including short or long-sightedness, astigmatism, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Short sightedness (myopia)
Short sight occurs when light is focused in front of the retina and causes distance vision to become blurred. Near vision, however, is usually clear.
This commonly develops in childhood or adolescence and is often first noticed by blurring of writing on the school blackboard.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Long sightedness (hypermetropia)
Long sight occurs when the natural tendency is to focus light beyond the retina rather than on it, and the eye has to make a compensating effort to re-focus. With a younger person this may only be possible with effort and may, for example, cause headaches when reading. In an older person, as well as making reading very difficult, it may also cause distance vision to become blurred.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Astigmatism
Astigmatism occurs when the front of the eye is egg shaped instead of being regularly curved like a ball. In this case both distance and near vision may be distorted. People with this condition may suffer from headaches or be unduly sensitive to light.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Presbyopia (ageing eye)
As we get older, the lens of the eye thickens and slowly loses its flexibility leading to a gradual decline in our ability to focus on objects that are close up. This loss of focusing ability is called PRESBYOPIA
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Macular Degeneration
Sometimes the delicate cells of the macula become damaged and stop working. We do not know why this is, although it tends to happen as people get older. This is called age-related macula degeneration.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Glaucoma
Glaucoma is characterised by raised pressure inside the eye which can damage the optic nerve - the nerve at the back of the eye, reducing the field of vision and the ability to see clearly.