Common questions we get asked...

Don't be frighted to ask any questions. It's important to flag up any health problems with your eyes as soon as you suffer any symptoms and as early as possible ...

Some eye care questions crop up more often than others. So we’ve listed the most frequently asked questions below.

Why is an eye test so important?

You cannot replace your eyes. You may not necessarily have any symptoms or pain. The eye test is still of the utmost importance because it can pick up the very early signs of many problems, allowing them to be treated earlier and more effectively. An eye test can detect underlying health problems, such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and even some brain tumours and multiple sclerosis. Following an eye test our optometrist will tell you if your vision can be improved. It may just be a case that you may just be used to seeing less clearly, so don’t realise it can be improved upon.

Good Vision gives us all a better quality of life. In the case of children, it is essential that their eyes are functioning normally for them to do well at school.

You also don’t need to accept that poor vision due to your age. It may be possible to improve it further, and it is important that your vision meets certain legal standards for driving and some occupations.

How often should I have my eyes tested?

Even if you are not experiencing any problems you should have an eye test every 2 years. The eye test is both a regular health check, which can detect underlying health problems as well as detecting any changes in your vision.

You may need a more frequent eye test depending on your age and medical history. Our Optometrist will normally advise you when you should return for your next eye test and usually we will send you a reminder when you are due.

Do I have to pay for an eye test?

Individuals in the following categories are entitled to an NHS eye test without charge, they may also be entitled to a voucher to offset the cost of any spectacles or contact lenses prescribed.

You may be entitled to a voucher if you;

Are aged 0-15

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education or training

Receive Income Support
Receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
Receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
Receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
Named on a valid HC2 certificate
If you are a prisoner on leave from prison

Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher
If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate, you might be able to get partial help towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses.

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