Monday - Friday: 9-5 | Saturday: 9-4 | Sunday: Closed

Eye Care

Sight tests at Wade's

It is extremely important to visit your optician regularly to ensure your eyes are in good health. A sight test is undertaken by one of our optometrists and usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes. We will need to know whether you are experiencing any eye symptoms and whether they are associated with your work or lifestyle. This helps us to advise you on whether you need glasses and when they should to be worn.

You will be asked whether there is any family history of eye disease. Some conditions can be hereditary and extra tests like Visual Field Testing or 3D OCT Imaging may be needed to ensure that they are not affecting you. Your optometrist will also ask about any medication you may be taking. Some drugs can specifically affect the eyes and further examination may be required to ensure that there are no problems. At the conclusion of your examination you will be given a copy of our results.
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We welcome both private and NHS patients to our practice.

Eye examinations are paid for by the NHS if:
You are under 16
You are under 19 and in full time education
You are over 60
You have diabetes
You have glaucoma
You have complex lenses
You are over 40 and have a parent, brother, sister or child with glaucoma
You, or your partner, receive income support
You, or your partner, receive income related employment support
You, or your partner receive income based job-seekers allowance
You, or your partner receive pension credit guarantee credit
You have low income and have an HC2 certificate

Children's eye testing

Without good vision children can suffer from enormous setbacks to their learning and development. Many children and parents do not realize that there is an underlying visual problem until they have been examined. We can give advice on children vision and eye health at any age. We recommend to check children’s eyes at 4 years old just before they start school. After this, an annual eye examination is recommended but there are circumstances where we may need to carry out examinations more frequently.

Here at Wade’s we offer a wide range of modern frames for young children through to teens. We also supply the specialised range of Tomato Frames for babies and younger children. We supply standard plastic lenses FREE with the NHS voucher although these can be upgraded to tougher, thinner, light reactive or specially coated lenses for an extra charge. We also provide sports specific spectacles and prescription sunglasses for children. We can advise on the most suitable lens options when the glasses are dispensed.

Warning signs of visual problems: 

  • Excessive blinking
  • Sore/ red eyes
  • Headaches
  • Squinting
  • Sitting close to the TV or holding books very close
  • Poor performance at school

Children's Myopia Management

Myopia is more commonly known as short-sightedness. Near objects are clear, but distant objects appear blurred. Myopia is reaching epidemic levels, the development of which can occur before the age of 10 and up to the age of 25 years.

Because of this, interventions have now been developed to attempt to slow the progression and therefore limit the degree of myopia in this developmental period. The sooner these interventions are put in place, the more likely the prescription will be kept at modest levels.

Even with myopia management, your child may need a stronger prescription as they continue to grow so we recommend regular visits to your optician and keeping up to date with their latest prescription.

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Digital Retinal Imaging

We have a high resolution camera which takes digital images of the retina. This is a very simple but thorough way to detect signs of eye conditions such as glaucoma or age related macular degeneration. It may also detect general health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. The images can be stored so that any changes to the appearance of your retina can be assessed at every visit.
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Visual Field Assessment

If we have any concerns with your peripheral vision we might advise you to have a Visual Field Assessment. This is especially important if you have a family history of glaucoma, if you have had a stroke, or if you have unexplained headaches.

The test is carried out using a high tech Visual Field Analyser. You will be given a small handset on which there is a button. You look into the instrument, usually with one eye covered up, and simply press the button every time you see a flash of light. The results of these tests are analysed by a computer and then can be repeated over a period of months or years to detect any changes.
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OCT Scan

We are always investing in the latest technology and are pleased to let you know that we have an Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT).

An Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) is a specialist piece of equipment that is used to scan through the layers of the eye, including the parts that can’t be seen on a retinal photograph. The machine takes a series of snapshots of sections of your retina which can be combined to create a 3D cross sectional view.

Because of the detail and the depth element of these OCT images, they can help us to detect the earliest signs of some eye conditions.

Conditions that are more easily identified through the use of OCT imaging are:

  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic macular oedema
  • Macular holes
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9am - 5:15pm

9am - 4pm

Sunday & Bank Holidays 
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We welcome both private and NHS patients to our practice, feel free to give us a call on 01353 662674 or pop in to discuss your eye care needs.
About Wade's of Ely
As a local and Independent Opticians, we have been looking after the needs of the people in Ely and surrounding area since 1928. We are a team of highly experienced Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians with a member of staff always available in practice to answer any questions about your eyewear and eye care.

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Opening hours
Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm

Sundays and Bank holidays - Closed
Contact us
Phone: 01353 662674
Fax: 01353 665006

2 High Street
Ely, Cambridgeshire