Our 30 minute eye appointments allow us to tailor a sight test to meet all your needs
Having an eye examination with us is about more than just ensuring you have great vision. We allocate a full 30 minutes for all appointments, allowing us to properly explore the overall health of your eyes and address any concerns you may have.
Our eye examinations will incorporate all the tests that are needed and include
- Full History and assessment of symptoms,
- Unaided vision, – How well you are seeing without glasses/contact lenses
- Muscle balance – how well are your eyes working together
- Motility – How well are your eyes moving both individually and as a pair
- Convergence – Are your eye able to come together to look at close objects
- Pupil reflexes – ensure your pupils are reacting to light as they should
- External examination – a look with a microscope at the outside structures of your eyes, including lids, lashes, the conjucntiva (whites of your eyes), and the corneas (clear part of your eye in front of the pupils)
- Internal examination – a full examination of the inside of your eye including the lens to check for cataract, the blood vessels to check for hypertension, and the retina to check for macular degeneration and the optic nerve to check for glaucoma
- Retinoscopy – an additional way to determine the prescription if interaction is difficult, for example with young children
- Subjective Routine – the traditional “better with or without” tests using the latest computerised test chart.
- Binocular vision balancing – the final test to ensure the prescription is optimal for each eye.
- Glaucoma screening for patients over 40 – The “puff” test!
- Visual Field testing (when required) – also to check for glaucoma
- Near vision assessment – to include reading, iPads, Laptops, smartphones, music or any other tasks that you need to be able to undertake
- Retinal imaging – our newest instrument – see the video here
- Explanation, descriptions and advice – putting it all together to come to the right conclusions, and ensure that any concerns you have are addressed. If you need glasses we will consider your work, lifestyle and hobbies to ensure you have the best visual solution for your
Please note: You are strongly recommended to have your eyes tested at least once a year, especially if you are over the age of 40 with a family history of glaucoma, suffer from diabetes or have a family history of other eye conditions.
Many patients are entitled to ‘free’ NHS funded eye examinations and help with their spectacle costs. Click below.
For a list of eligible groups please click here
Am I entitled to a free eye test?
You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:
- 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.
* If you are in one of these groups you will also be entitled to help towards spectacle costs