Specialist optometrist Don Williams is spearheading the way for a faster treatment route for eye care patients in the West Midlands.

Bridging the gap between optometry and ophthalmology services in order to achieve optimum patient outcomes, Mr Williams opened Edgbaston Eye Clinic six months ago.

The aim of the clinic is to offer treatment for a wide range of eye conditions including glaucoma and dry eye.

Having qualified in 2004, Mr Williams has since completed additional postgraduate qualifications in glaucoma, medical retina, and refractive and cataract surgery. Prior to opening Edgbaston Eye Clinic, he gained experience working in the NHS, at Ultralase, New Medica, and Healthharmonie.

With ophthalmology-standard diagnostic imaging offered to all at Edgbaston Eye Clinic, the faculty boasts a range of state of the art technology, including the Spectralis with MuliColor, BluePeak and anterior segment modules; the Zeiss 840 with Goldmann Kinetic visual field analyser, the Kowa Stereo 3D retinal camera, the Keeler slit lamp and camera Kapture software, and the Visionix auto-refractor with corneal topographer.

Mr Williams explained: “We know that so many conditions are missed, particularly what we refer to as silent conditions such as glaucoma, other ophthalmic and systemic conditions. You cannot get a good picture of what is going on with just a direct ophthalmoscope.”

He added: “Patients are referred by ophthalmologists and by optometry colleagues. Many eye care professionals are now recognising the importance of high standard eye care and in having the Spectralis spectral domain OCT as the main diagnostic platform.”

Mr Williams is currently sitting the examinations required to become an independent prescriber and is studying towards an Ophthalmic Doctorate.