Your eye test will be carried out by a qualified professional. Your eyes will be checked both internally and externally. This part of the test is very important and checks that your eyes are in good health as well as looking for other underlying health problems (such as high blood pressure), macular degeneration , glaucoma and diabetes.
The optician will generally check out your eyes using a bright light and microscope that can look at the back of your retina and other internal structures. It is completely painless, so relax. During this inspection the optician may make notes and sketches about any slight irregularities on the surface of your eye or your retina. This is normal, the aim being to be able to compare these notes at each optician visit to see if any detrimental changes are occuring. Other tests may be carried out such as tests for glaucoma (if you are over 40) or colour vision deficiencies.
You are entitled to an eye examination paid for by the NHS if:
– you are under 16 years of age
– you are under 19 years of age and in full time education
– you or your partner are getting income support
– you or your partner are getting tax credit
– you or your partner are getting income based job seekers allowance
– you have a valid HC2 certificate
– you are over 60 years of age
– you suffer from glaucoma
– you are diabetic
– you are over 40 years of age and have a family history of glaucoma
– you require certain types of complex lenses
– you are registered as blind or partially sighted
If you fall into any of the first six categories above you will get help towards the cost of glasses. If you require complex lenses you may get a small allowance.
No, we stock a large range of spectacle frames that are completely free, with lenses, under the optical voucher scheme.
You can apply for help towards the cost of eyecare by submitting a form HC1. These forms are available at most Opticians, Dentists, Post Offices and Benefit offices.
No. All you need to do is make an appointment. You can ring, email us or just call in. We may even be able to see you without an appointment.
They don’t! Modern lens materials mean that lenses can be made much thinner and lighter nowadays. Frames can also be lightweight and durable; modern styles are also very neat and ideal for higher prescriptions. For more information check out our lenses page.
On average about every two years. Certain people may require more frequent examinations. For example diabetics or people who have a family history of glaucoma. Children should also be seen at least every year and in many cases every six months. We will advise you when we would recommend your next appointment, and our computerised recall system will automatically send you a reminder when you are due.
As always follow the advise of your Optician, they will be only to pleased to ensure that you are looking after your contact lenses (and your eyes) properly. Never be tempted to cut corners when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting your lenses. Our Contact Lens Replacement Scheme gives you 10% discount on all contact lens solutions as well as low cost replacement lenses and ensures regular contact lens check ups. For more details check out our contact lens page.
Many people with astigmatism – (irregular shaped eyes) can now be fitted with contact lenses. Gas permeable contact lenses will correct moderate degrees of astigmatism quite well. In higher degrees of astigmatism special types of lenses called toric lenses can be used. These can be soft or gas permeable. Even monthly or daily disposable toric soft lenses are available.