An Eye Examination not only identifies your need for spectacles but is a vital health check for your eyes so it is important to keep this check up to date. Early signs of eye conditions can be picked up during the check before you're aware of any symptoms. Many of the conditions can be treated if found early enough.
The test will take around 30 minutes. During this the Opticians will ask you questions about your general health, lifestyle, hobbies and work, as well as any family history of eye health problems.
We may take a photo of your retina using our fundus camera. These photos enable us to take a more detailed look at the health of your eye. If taken these will be kept with your records, allowing the Optician to compare images from one test to the next. This is important especially if you are being monitored for an eye condition.
Throughout the test the Optician will explain each step and the processes they take. The Optician will explain the current health of your eye and any changes that have occurred with your spectacle prescription.
Once the test has been completed the Optician will hand you over to our Qualified Dispensing Optician. Here they will go through your visual needs as well as any lifestyle or hobby requirements to be able to recommend the best lens type, options and coatings for you.
Do I have to pay?
You will qualify for a free NHS Sight Test if any of the following are applicable:
- You are under 16 or under 19 and still in full time education
- You are 60 or over ( You are only entitled to a free test every 2 years. Once you are 70 you are entitled to a free test every 1 year)
- You are registered blind or partially sighted
- You are a diagnosed diabetic or glaucoma sufferer
- You are 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
- You are prescribed complex lenses
- You or your partner receives income support
- You or your partner receives Job seekers allowance, universal credit, or pension credit guarantee
- You are named on a valid NHS certificate for help with health care costs (A HC2)
Just let us know when you book your appointment if you think you qualify for an NHS test.
If you don’t fit into one of the categories then you will be seen as Private Patient. There is a charge of £20 for Private tests.