Eye Test

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.

Am I entitled to a free eye examination through the NHS?

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