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Eye strain

In today’s environment, our eyes are under more strain than ever before. Mobile phones, Tablets, computers, TV screens…. it’s unavoidable. We test your vision and make spectacles to suit your environment, to the distances you require, and carefully select the coatings or tints to best protect your eyes and suit your needs.
 

Who will test my eyes?
 
Our ophthalmic opticians are fully qualified and registered with the General Optical Council. They provide a thorough eye examination, ensuring that your eyes are healthy and you have optimum vision. 
 
Our sight testing also looks for early signs of potential health problems such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes and cataracts. 
 
Regular examinations are important since your eyes can provide a ‘window’ to your general health. The whole family can benefit from regular eye examinations and we strongly recommend this – regardless of the need for vision correction. 
 
Our eye care professionals will also advise you on how frequently your eyes should be tested.
 
Am I entitled to an NHS funded eye test?
 
You could be. According to the NHS, if you fall under the following categories
 
·         you're aged under 16
·         you're aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
·         you're aged 60 or over
·         you're registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
·         you've been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
·         you're 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
·         you've been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma
·         you're a prisoner on leave from prison
·         you're eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement
You're also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:
·         receive Income Support
·         receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)
·         receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
·         receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance 
·         are awarded Universal Credit
·         are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
·         you are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)
 
People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.
 
Optometrists recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. However, in some circumstances, they may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests – for example, if you:
·         are a child wearing glasses
·         have diabetes
·         are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
·         are aged 70 or over
 
My child never complains about their eyes
 
They hardly ever do. However, you can pick up signs from their behaviour. Some of this may be that they are sitting too close to the TV, rubbing their eyes a lot, holding objects very close to their faces or blinking a lot.
 
If you are worried, or curious, just give us a call and book them in for an eye test.
 
If there is a history of squint or lazy eye in the family, don’t just wait for the vision screening at school. The earlier we pick any potential problems up, the better the outcome.  Children don’t have to be able to read for the sight test, we can detect most, if any problems using age appropriate tests and equipment.
 
Eye tests are painless. We may need to put drops in your child’s eyes to check that the back of the eye is healthy, but rest assured, this will always be discussed in advance.
 
Remember…under 16s are entitled to a free sight test.