Our Services

For many years we have been taking retinal photographs of our patients. This photography gives us an on-going, permanent detailed record of the retina. One of the most useful diagnostic tools at an optometrist’s fingertip is the ability to check for the smallest changes in appearance of the back of the eye. These changes are most easily recognized when two photographs can be compared and scrutinized. Also, a different optometrist can see what the optometrist saw when testing your eyes the year before. The procedure is very simple, and requires no more than a few minutes in front of the camera. Sometimes, a patient will need some drops to open up the pupils for a more successful photograph. This will only be done with the patient’s prior knowledge. All sorts of conditions, and not just eye related can be seen at the back of the eyes. For a small fee, this is most probably one of the best investments in eye care.
Since 1993, our practices throughout the West Midlands have invested time and effort in supporting the evolution of a comprehensive diabetic screening scheme funded by the NHS. We have not only lead schemes, but watched the screening systems grow and expand. The increasing numbers of diabetic patients can be assured that Bainbridge Optometrists will continue to support the diabetic retinopathy screening schemes in many different ways.
At several of our practices, we are now offering the latest in eye scanning. The Optical Coherence Tomograph (OCT), photographs and scans the back of the eye, detecting small changes, through the layers of the retina. It is used by many hospitals as a diagnostic tool. Many of the detectable changes could be the start of conditions needing medical attention. Early detection and intervention is always the best action when dealing with health problems, especially the health of eyes. The OCT can detect the smallest of changes that may otherwise be undetectable in their early stages. We can store the images on your record and compare subsequent scans. This test is not part of the NHS sight test and therefore there will be a small charge.
These lenses are a revolution in contact lens sight correction. Some short sighted people can now use these special lenses to correct their sight by wearing them at night only. These are rigid lenses that are fitted specially for each patient, and are inserted just before going to sleep. Through the night the lenses change the shape of the front of the eye, which corrects your vision. The effects last all day and are completely reversible once contact lens wear ceases. The advantages are very obvious for sports men and women, bike riders and for people looking for freedom from spectacles or uncomfortable contact lenses throughout the day. This service is only available from our Harborne, or Redditch practices. To find out more, or to find out if you have a suitable prescription please contact the practice for information.
We have looked for the products we think best suit the management of these conditions and applied them to the routine we think best controls dry eyes and blepharitis. This includes specialist products to heat and cleanse inflamed eyelids and preservative free drops to minimise sensitivities and maximise comfort.

We have staff in all of our practices that have been trained as ocular hygienists by Spectrum Thea. Come in for a chat with one of them to find the best products that will work for you and fit in to your daily routine.

We offer National Health Service sight tests and private sight tests at all of our practices. Our appointment times are a minimum of 30 minutes for full sight tests for adults. All patients aged of 35 and over will have their internal eye pressure and their range of visual field measured. Our reputation is one of giving our patients the time to talk to our optometrists, and the time to have a comprehensive explanation at the end of the test. After many years of experience, we know our patients have come to expect this, and have even had the time to become much appreciated good friends.

NHS Entitlement

You qualify for a free NHS funded sight test if you are:

  • Aged under 16
  • Aged 16, 17, or 18 in full time education
  • Aged 60 or over
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma (as advised by an ophthalmologist)
  • Aged 40 or over and the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex lens voucher (your optician will advise on your entitlement)
  • Claiming Benefit (Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or receiving Tax Credits or Universal Credit and meeting qualifying conditons)
  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate
  • A prisoner being seen outside prison
  • You qualify for an optical voucher which provides financial help towards the cost of your spectacles or contact lenses if you are :

  • Aged under 16
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 in full time education
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on your entitlement)
  • Claiming benefit (Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or receiving Tax Credits or Universal Credit and meeting qualifying conditions)
  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate
  • A prisoner being seen outside prison

Independent audiologist Mr Stuart Burrell is now available by appointment at Bainbridge Optometrists in Redditch. Stuart has over 30 years experience in hearing care and is able to offer thorough assessments and state of the art hearing solutions. For more information please contact the Redditch practice or call 01527 500427 to speak to Stuart directly. Alternatively visit www.stuartburrell.co.uk.