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
Our sight testing also looks for early signs of
potential health problems such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes and
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
aged under 16
aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
aged 60 or over
registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been
diagnosed with glaucoma
been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma
a prisoner on leave from prison
you're eligible for an NHS complex
lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your
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
receive Income-based Employment and
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)
named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also
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
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
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