Sight Tests

  • We carry out full eye examinations on the premises.
  • We cater for both private and NHS clients.
  • We have clean modern consulting rooms, with friendly experienced staff.
  • All our optometrists are fully qualified and registered with the General Optical Council.
  • We provide retinal photography.
  • We provide contact lens consultations. We cater for gas permeable and soft lenses, infrequent and frequent wearers.
  • We are experienced in examining all ages from the very young to the very elderly.
  • We are registered to refer cataract patients directly to the hospital.
  • There is easy access for wheelchairs into our consulting rooms.
Sight Test

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a sight test?
How do I qualify for an NHS Sight test?
How often should I have my eyes examined?
Can I bring in my spectacle prescription from elsewhere?
How long does an examination take?
What procedures do you carry out during an examination?
What is retinal photography?

 

 

 


HOW MUCH IS A SIGHT TEST?

A private sight test fee is currently £35.


HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR AN NHS SIGHT TEST?

Certain people can qualify automatically for an NHS sight test. These include:
• Anyone who is 60 or over.
• Anyone who is under 16.
• Anyone under 19 and in full time education.
• Certain people who claim benefits like income support or working family tax credit.
• Anyone who has glaucoma or diabetes.
• Anyone over 40 with an immediate member of the family with glaucoma.
• People who are registered blind or partially sighted.
• Anyone who wears complex lenses.
(If you qualify under the above categories then please bring in some proof of evidence when you come in for your examination.)
Certain people with lower incomes may still qualify for an NHS sight test even if they do not claim any qualifying benefits. If you think you fall into this category then it is worthwhile calling in and collecting a HC1 form to fill in and send off.
Please note that the NHS sight test does not cover certain procedures. This includes retinal photography, which can be done for an extra £20.


HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY EYES EXAMINED?

Regular eye examinations are advised for the early detection and prevention of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration, as well as for generally checking your vision for everyday tasks such as reading, driving, computer work or imply watching TV.
Anyone under 16 or over 70 should have their eyes examined at least once a year. People with a family history of glaucoma or people with diabetes should also be checked every year.
Most other people should be examined at least once every 2 years, even if they do not wear spectacles.


CAN I BRING IN MY SPECTACLE PRESCRIPTION FROM ELSEWHERE?

We welcome all prescriptions from other optometrists, as long as they are within 2 years of the examination date.


HOW LONG DOES AN EXAMINATION TAKE?

The sight examination can vary from one person to the next but in general it will last approximately 30 minutes.


WHAT PROCEDURES DO YOU CARRY OUT DURING AN EXAMINATION?

The sight examination procedure is generally as follows:
• Initially we make a note of any visual problems that you may be experiencing, including headaches, blurriness or pain. A list of the medication that you are taking may be useful. We will also ask if you or your family have experienced any eye injuries, diseases or operations in the past.
• We will then check your vision on a letter chart. This can be done using pictures, numbers or in other ways for those who do not know their alphabet or do not have English as their first language. From this we can work out if and what you need to be wearing spectacles for.
• We assess your ocular-motor balance. These are tests that check for the correct alignment and movement of your eye muscles.
• An internal and external examination of your eyes will be carried out. This can be done by using instruments such as ophthalmoscopes, which allow us to see inside the eyes and slit lamp microscopes, which give us a magnified image of the front of the eye. Both techniques are painless and just involve shining bright lights into your eyes.
• We may also with your permission perform retinal photography to take a photograph of the inside of the eye.
• We generally measure the intra ocular pressure for all adults regardless of family history. This usually involves putting drops in your eyes to anaesthetise them. This does not affect your vision and the eye returns to normal within 15 minutes. Occasionally this will be done using a puff of air onto the eye, depending on which technique the optometrist prefers.
• We will do a colour vision test and stereovision test if necessary.
• A visual field examination can also be done if necessary.To conclude the examination we will give you a statement to indicate whether you need to be wearing spectacles or not, and when your next consultation should be. If you do need to be wearing a visual correction we can then discuss your best options such as what type of spectacles would suit your needs or whether contact lenses are an option.


WHAT IS RETINAL PHOTOGRAPHY?

We have retinal photography available in both our practices. This examination involves taking a photograph of the inside of the eye. This advanced technique enables us to see a superior image of the delicate tissues that form the retina at the back of the eye compared with traditional methods. The best analogy would be that using an ordinary direct ophthalmoscope (the instrument that most optometrist’s use to look inside your eyes) is like looking through a keyhole to look inside a room. Retinal photography is the equivalent to opening the door to look inside the room.

The digital image taken can then be enlarged and enhanced to allow us to examine in detail any abnormal defects that may be present. The image is then stored permanently with your eye examination records so that we can compare any changes at future appointments. This procedure can sometimes involve inserting eye drops to make your pupils larger so that we can take a clearer photograph.  For information about how diabetes can affect your eyes, see Eye-Conditions – Diabetes.