Your Journey To Healthier Vision

Enhanced Eye Care

No two eyes are the same and there is no such thing as a standard patient. Eye examinations should be tailored for the individual and additional tests may be required. We have invested heavily in new technology at Firstsight Opticians because you sight comes first. All our practices are equiped with the latest OCT


Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

OCT provides an advanced scan of different structures within the eye not normally visible. Light is used to provide highly detailed images in either 2 or 3D allowing different layers of the eye to be visualised. OCT is used in the detection of wet macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. The OCT scan is a quick and painless procedure taking less that 1 minute for each scan.

This service is recommended for:

  • A family history of eye disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes Short sightedness
  • Retinal Abnormalities

This service is not funded by the NHS and is provided at a cost of £20 per patient.

Common Problems

Dry Eye Clinic

Dry eye is a very common problem resulting in symptoms of gritty, red and ironically, watery eyes. There are many reasons why patients suffer from dry eyes and a variety of different treatment strategies. Careful assessment is required and a specific management plan has then to be implemented. Many of us are working from home and spending longer times on screens making our the dry eye symptoms worse.

Follow-up appointments are crucial in order to allow any modification to the initial treatment plan.


Prevalence of dry eye increases with age. Two to three times more women than men are affected.


For example antihistamines, HRT


Air conditioning, air travel, central heating, sun exposure and wind.

Insufficient Blinker

Computer usage, eye lid problems, reading

General Health

Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, auto-immune disease

Eye Surgery

Previous laser eye surgery or cataract surgery

Eye Lid Disease (Blepharitis)

The meibomian glands are housed within the eyelid & contribute to the quality of the tear film of the eye. Any dysfunction of these will lead to dry eye symptoms

Contact Lens Wear

Contact lenses interfere with the tear film

We care about you

Our Process to Help!

Dry Eye Index Questionnaire

The patient is asked to complete as series of questions, relating to their eye problems, usage of their eyes, and when their symptoms appear to be worse. This allows the clinician to evaluate the Dry eye Index.


The patient is examined on a slit lamp using specific dyes to show areas of dryness on the eye. This is graded for both position and depth of staining to determine whether the patient has mild, moderate or severe dry eyes. Tear volume and quality of tears are assessed. A detailed examination of the eyelids, the conjunctival tissues and the glands within the eyelids is performed.

General Health

Some medical conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes & auto-immune disease can affect the tear production

Managment Plan Advised

A specific management plan is devised for each patient and is based on the outcome of their Dry eye assessment. This may involve the use of eye drops or gels and other devices such as The Eyebag, for Meibomian gland dysfunction.


Patients will booked for further appointments based on their specific requirements.

New Technology


Ever wondered what it would be like, to be able to actually clean your eyelids? Well now it is possible with BlephEx™. BlephEx™ … The First and Only Clinician Treatment for Blepharitis, is now available only from Scope Ophthalmics

BlephEx™ is a revolutionary new patented hand piece, used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.

What Does

BlephEx™ do for you?

BlephEx™, the newest treatment for blepharitis, is an in-practice procedure performed directly by the eye care practitioner. Clinicians can now take an active role in treating blepharitis instead of simply relying on the patient’s ability to perform semi-effective home lid scrubs. With BlephEx™ the clinician thoroughly and precisely eliminates the scurf and bacterial debris, the main causes of inflammatory lid disease.

Common symptoms of blepharitis.

  • Itching or scratchy eyes
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Tearing
  • Crusting
  • Redness/inflammation
  • Mattering
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye rubbing


Properly performed, BlephEx™ will reduce or alleviate these chronic and debilitating symptoms in your patients. Treatments are typically repeated at regular monthly intervals depending on the severity of the disease. By eliminating the inflammatory etiology of blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid is improved. Patients can then begin to produce more of their own tears and finally enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis and its subsequent dry eye disease. 

BlephEx Only available at

Johnstone practice
from £50.00