Eye Examination

WHY HAVE AN EYE EXAMINATION?

An eye examination will externally:
(a) Reveal any defect of vision.
(b) Assess how well the eyes work together to provide comfortable and effective vision.
And internally:
(c) Screen for ocular diseases and potentially fatal conditions of the eye or brain as well as systemic disorders such as hypertension and diabetes. Early detection of these are paramount to an individuals well-being.
It is important to bear in mind that an eye examination is not merely to assess whether you can read a letter chart or not, and does not automatically result in a spectacle prescription.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD AN EYE EXAMINATION BE CARRIED OUT ?

Generally an eye examination is advised every two years, but an annual test may be considered necessary and children are often tested every six months. However, if problems are experienced earlier than the recommended re-test date do not hesitate to seek advice.

AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD BE EXAMINED?child-eye-screening-251834

A child does not have to be able to recognise letters in order to have his/her eyes examined and therefore it is never too early. An assessment of visual ability can be made in a baby and throughout infancy. This assessment increases in accuracy until around five years of age where it virtually matches that of an adult. Children should not be disadvantaged when they start school simply because a correctable eye defect has gone undetected.

Free Examinations are available via the NHS for those people in the following categories

NHS Entitlement

You qualify for a free NHS funded sight test if you are:

  • Aged under 16

  • Aged 16, 17, or 18 in full time education

  • Aged 60 or over

  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma (as advised by an ophthalmologist)

  • Aged 40 or over and the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma

  • Registered blind or partially sighted

  • Eligible for an NHS Complex lens voucher (your optician will advise on your entitlement)

  • Claiming Benefit (Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or receiving Tax Credits or Universal Credit and meeting qualifying conditons)

  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

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You qualify for an optical voucher which provides financial help towards the cost of your spectacles or contact lenses if you are :

  • Aged under 16

  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 in full time education

  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on your entitlement)

  • Claiming benefit (Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or receiving Tax Credits or Universal Credit and meeting qualifying conditions)

  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

  • A prisoner being seen outside prison

Our current eye examination sessions are held on:

Mondays 09.00 – 12.20

Tuesday 09.00 – 12.20 / 2.00 – 4.30

Thursdays 09.00 12.20 / 2.00 4.30

Alternate Fridays 09.00 – 11.55

Alternate Saturdays 09.00 – 11.55