Established in 1956 when William Wilkie first came to work in Alexandria, Wilkie and Rider has always been at the forefront of the technological advances that enable community optometry to provide a truly comprehensive eye care service.
If you think "sight test", you probably think of little round trial lenses rattling in an ill-fitting frame and reading a "letter chart" at the end of the room. At Wilkie and Rider we think an eye examination is where the eye is measured by your optometrist and the prescription is fine tuned by a series of sophisticated techniques.
If you think "looking inside the eye", you probably think of a very bright light held somewhat too far inside your personal space: at Wilkie and Rider we think taking 6 mega pixel digital photographs and storing on our server for future comparison or referral to hospital.
If you think "value" means "two for the price of one", you might think you are spoilt for choice in the High Street: at Wilkie and Rider we believe value is being given the best individual advice and care possible by expert staff, none of whom is on sales-based commission.
Don't take for granted what you expect from a community optometrist. Things have changed and Wilkie and Rider has led the way for over 50 years.
Wilkie and Rider are accredited by every leading contact lens manufacturer, as contact lens specialists. Our contact lens wearers are assured they will be offered the best lens materials available anywhere in the world. Because of our standing within the contact lens community we often are able to fit the latest materials before they are available at other high street outlets.
We are also the only local Optometrists who carry out Ortho-Keratology, ORTHO- K, (Google it). A reversible alternative to laser surgery. Ortho -K is suitable for some short sighted prescriptions. Lenses are worn overnight and vision is corrected during the day without the use of lenses. It can be very effective for those having problems wearing conventional lenses as well as giving complete freedom and comfort when you need it most.
At Wilkie and Rider we offer a Home test service for house bound patients. Also as part of the service to our customers our friendly staff will clean, adjust and tighten your glasses for free.
Eye Diseases & Eye Conditions can be diagnosed and treated.
Paying for eyewear can be frustrating, especially if you have to pay for it in one lump sum. It is for that reason that we have designed payment plans to help manage the cost of your eyewear.
Simple to set up- something we see regularly in practice is patients settling for frames they like because they couldn’t afford the one they loved. In response to this, we created our Eye Care Budget payment plan to ensure you only ever leave us with eyewear you really want. By settling up a monthly standing order, our Eye Care Budget Plan allows you to pay as little or as much as you wish towards your next pair of glasses. So, if you chose to pay £10 a month, in two years time when you’re due your next examination, you’ll already have £240 accumulated for your new eyewear. Setting up this plan also comes with numerous benefits, exclusive offers, discounts and event invitations. Ask in store for details.
The Visioffice collects up to twenty different measurements of your eye and the factors affecting how it behaves. We use this important data to enhance the production of your Varilux lenses. What this means for you is a more personalised, bespoke lens helping increase your field of vision & reducing distortion.
Varilux X 4D lenses are now available at Wilkie & Rider. For a generation of wearers with new needs, Varilux have redefined near vision. You no longer have to compromise on wearing glasses - the technology we use puts you much closer to your natural vision
What is OCT? OCT -ocular coherence tomography- is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of the eye.
3D OCT screening diagnosis potentially serious conditions that can affect your eyesight and your overall well-being.
Visual stress (also known as Meares Irlen Syndrome MIS) is a processing condition which makes reading difficult. It can create disturbing visual patterns throughout test, which can lead to fatigue, headache and frustration when reading. Visual stress affects around 20-25% of the general population, but this may rise to somewhere in the region of 60% in the dyslexic population. Although closely linked to dyslexia and other educational difficulties it is a separate condition on its own.
The following symptoms are common in Visual Stress:
Visual Stress can be reduced if not removed completely by the use of colour. Initially the condition is treated with the use of coloured acetate called an overlay.
An overlay assessment will last around 30 mins and costs £40. This includes a short report and an overlay for you to take away.