Eye Tests

Your Sight Test

You may be eligible for an NHS eye examination if you fall into one of the categories below.

  • Children under 16 years
  • Full time students under 19 years
  • Senior Citizens aged over 60 years
  • Patients in receipt of Income Support, Income Based JobSeekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit guarantee credit or Tax Credit with a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
  • Patients who have Diabetes or Glaucoma
  • Patients over 40 years and with an immediate family member diagnosed with Glaucoma
  • People who have an HC2 certificate
  • Patients registered as Blind/Partially Sighted with their Local Authority
  • Patients prescribed complex lenses under the NHS optical voucher scheme

Please note that we are now required to check for evidence of your entitlement to the free eye examination, and we ask that you bring the relevant paperwork to your appointment.

  • Your sight test with us will take approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Before seeing the Optometrist a clinical assistant will check the pressures in your eyes using a Non-contact Tonometer, and your peripheral vision using a Humphrey Visual Field Analyser.
  • The Optometrist will carry out a detailed sight test including a careful analysis of your visual problems and requirements.
  • The Optometrist will then decide if corrective lenses are required and check if there is any misalignment between the eyes.
  • He/She will then proceed with a thorough examination of your eyes where they will be looking to see if there is any Ocular or Systemic Pathology, which may require further referral for treatment or specialist diagnosis. Examples of Ocular Pathology include Glaucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macular Degeneration, Keratakonus and cataracts. Examples of Systemic Pathology include Diabetes and Hypertension. These examinations are carried out using an Ophthalmoscope, slit lamp and other specialised equipment as required.
  • Your Optometrist will then advise you of the best visual correction, if any, for you.
  • You will then return to our Reception where you will be able to receive help and advice in choosing spectacle frames and lenses if required or book further appointments if necessary.

Off-site Sight Testing

Our practices offer a home visiting service to housebound patients either in their own home or Residential Homes who are unable to attend our practices.
We also carry out sight tests at Her Majesty’s Prisons for the Home Office at their request.


Glossary

Non-contact Tonometer – This utilises a puff of air to measure the pressure within the eye itself.
Humphrey Visual Field Analyser – This utilises flashes of light projected into a bowl to measure the peripheral vision.
Ocular – Of the eye itself.
Systemic – Of the whole body.
Pathology – Disease