Conditions Affecting the Eye


Glaucoma is a common eye condition that affects people over the age of 40. It affects the Optic Nerve by preventing the flow of information from the eye to the brain, thus reducing a patient’s visual field.

Glaucoma progresses slowly with minimal symptoms during the early stages of progression. With early detection, glaucoma can be treated and managed well. Risk factor can include a family history of glaucoma, age and diabetes.

Macular Degeneration

The macular governs our central vision, it allows us to read, recognise faces, drive and see colours clearly. Macular degeneration occurs when the central part of the retina becomes damaged. Many people with the condition find their vision deteriorates slowly. As with glaucoma, early detection is key to slowing the progression of the disease.


Cataracts are a cloudiness that forms in the lens of the eye, causing poor vision as the cloudiness interferes with light entering the eye. Most cataracts are age related. If necessary the cataract affected lens can be surgically removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens.


Floaters are a build-up of protein cells, seen as tadpole-like substances floating around in front of your eyes. They will not be seen when looking at dark surfaces such as dark carpets or walls as they are only seen if there is sufficient contrast.

Floaters moving continuously in one direction are usually harmless, however floaters that are motionless can be indicators of an eye problem or disease and should be further investigated.

Opening Times

Monday: 9am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 9am - 5:30pm
Friday: 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 12:30pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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Crowther Optometrists
33-35 Market Street
OL13 0AJ

Call: 01706 874631

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Welcome To Crowther Optometrists

We are open as normal for Routine and Urgent eyecare, with your safety taking priority. We understand you may feel apprehensive coming to the practice, so we have made a few changes to our procedures to ensure your safety. Here is a summary of what to expect.

- You will receive a text message or phone call the day before to confirm that you are well, and that no one in your household is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19

- To limit the number of people in the practice we ask that where possible you attend your appointment alone. If a companion is necessary (for example with a child) it’s recommended that this is limited to one parent/carer.

- To limit the number of patients in the waiting area we ask that you arrive at the practice no longer than 5 minutes prior to your appointment time.

- On entering the practice, you will be invited to sanitise your hands with the hand gel provided.

Due to the nature of an eye examination our clinicians can not adhere to social distancing, for this reason they will be wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). We also ask that you attend wearing a face covering, in line with current public health guidance.

- To reduce physical contact our Optometrist may adapt the eye exam by doing different tests than normal and only conducting tests that are clinically necessary.

- We will be implementing a pre-booked appointment system for the collection of glasses. When we advise you that your glasses are ready for collection, we will book you an appointment for the collection and fitting of your spectacles.

We look forward to providing you will the same standard of eye care that you have been used to. If you have any questions at all about the new practice experience, then please do not hesitate to contact our team.