Eye Examinations

Your eyesight is your most precious sense and deserves the highest standards of professional care.

After all, without good vision it is difficult to enjoy everyday activities like reading, driving and watching TV. Poor sight may also indicate the presence of potentially serious eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma or general health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. Eye conditions often develop slowly and can be painless so, you may not notice any initial symptoms. That's why it is essential to have your eyes examined regularly by an optometrist. The sooner any eye problem is detected, the greater the chance you'll have of successful treatment.

If you have any concerns about your vision, you should contact us immediately. We provide quality eyecare and will always take as much time as necessary to examine your eyes thoroughly and answer any questions you may have. All our optometrists are fully qualified, registered with the NHS, the General Optical Council and the College of Optometrists and maintain their professional training and development at the highest levels.

There is much more to your eye examination at our practice than finding out if you need spectacles or contact lenses. We also carry out a range of tests to assess the health of your eyes. And because everyone’s eyesight is different, we tailor the eye examination to your individual circumstances. This may include the following elements and other tests where appropriate, based on our professional evaluation of your visual requirements:

  • History & Symptoms

    We will begin by discussing problems you may already have with your eyesight, as well as discussing your general health and any specific visual needs you may have.

  • Existing Visual Correction

    If you already use spectacles or contact lenses, you should bring these with you to your appointment (or a copy of your last prescription). We can then establish whether your eyes have altered since your last eye examination.

  • Refraction

    This will reveal whether you need an optical correction to improve your vision.

  • Oculomotor Balance

    This checks how well your eye muscles are working and how well your two eyes are co-ordinated.

  • Pupil Reflexes

    The pupil controls how much light reaches the retina and is an important neurological test.

  • Intraocular Pressure

    This measures the pressure inside your eyes. Too much pressure can indicate glaucoma, a disease which can eventually lead to blindness, if untreated.

  • Visual Field Test

    This checks your peripheral vision. A reduction in your peripheral vision can be a sign of glaucoma.

  • Ophthalmoscopy

    This checks the health of your eyes. A light is shone through the pupil into the eye enabling the lens, retina and optic nerve to be assessed. This test can look for problems such as cataracts, diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

  • Retinal Photography

    All our practices offer digital retinal photography as part of our comprehensive eye examination. This allows us to photograph your retina enabling us to use these images for future comparison which is useful in monitoring the health of your eyes as you get older. It also enables us to show you how your retina appears on our monitor allowing you to actively take part in your eyecare and also giving you an insight into what we actually see when we shine our 'torch' into your eyes.

    These images can also be used to improve the quality of referrals to GP's or to the Hospital Eye Service.

    This service is offered to all patients over the age of 8 and there is no separate fee for this service.

The key to good vision is having regular eye examinations. Their importance cannot be overstated because they provide an essential health check as well as helping you to see better with an up-to-date prescription.

At your appointment you’ll receive expert advice on your vision and on choosing the most suitable eyewear for your needs.

Our practice offers both NHS and private eye examinations. Many people are entitled to free eye examinations under the NHS (see below) and you may also qualify for an NHS voucher towards the cost of your spectacles (please ask for details).

Free NHS Eye Examinations

  • If you are under 16 or under 19 and in full time education
  • If you are aged 60 or over
  • If you suffer from glaucoma or diabetes
  • If you are aged 40 or over and are either the parent, brother, sister or child of a person who has glaucoma
  • If you are considered to be at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • If you have been prescribed complex lenses under the NHS voucher scheme
  • If you are registered blind / sight impaired / partially sighted / severely sight impaired
  • If you or your partner receive income support / NHS tax credit exemption / income based job seekers allowance
  • If you or your partner have a valid HC2 certificate

Our practice is committed to the highest standards of professional eyecare. This means that we will discuss your individual needs, examine your eyes thoroughly using modern equipment, answer your questions and offer you eyewear that meets your requirements. As independent opticians, we also believe in giving you a friendly and personal service.

So, if you haven’t had an eye examination within the last two years, or earlier if indicated by your Optometrist, or if you're concerned in any way about your vision, call us now for an appointment.

Call 01685 388384 now to make an appointment