The most asked questions
Q 1. How much is an eye test?
A standard eye test, which includes retinal photography, costs £25. Our practice also offer NHS services.
Q 2. How often should I have my eyes tested
It depends. The national recommendation is to have an eye test once every two years. However, the optometrist may decide to see you sooner depending on your clinical needs. You may also have a test sooner if you have any concerns.
Q 3. At what age should my child have their eyes tested
Children can get an eye test at any age. However, we normally recommend children to have their first eye test when they are around 4-5years old. If you have any concerns about your child’s eyesight, then an eye test can be arranged if they are younger.
Q 4. Am I entitled to a free eye test
The NHS offers free eye tests to individuals who meet certain criteria. You are entitled to a free eye test if you are;
- Aged 16 and under.
- Aged 16 – 18 in full-time education.
- Aged 60 or over.
- Are registered as partially sighted or blind.
- Have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma.
- Are aged 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma.
- Are a prisoner on leave from prison.
- You're also entitled if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: - Income support.
- Income-related Employment and Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit Guaranteed Credit
- Universal Credit (providing you meet criteria)
- You are also entitled if;
- You have a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate (i.e. you are in receipt of Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits with a disability element (or both) and have income for tax credit purposed of £15,276 or less).
- You have a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2).
Q 5. At what age can my child wear contact lenses
There is no set age for contact lens wearing. It all depends on your child. If they have a good level of personal hygiene and are responsible, they can start wearing lenses sooner rather than later. However, we do recommend that a parent or guardian supervise initially.
Q 6. What is astigmatism?
In a perfectly shaped eye, the cornea and lens are round, like a football. Therefore, all light entering the cornea and lens will bend equally in order to make a sharply focused image on the retina (back of the eye). If either your cornea or lens is rugby ball shaped, the light rays aren't bent the same, forming two different images and resulting in blurred vision. The astigmatism will occur when your cornea or lens is curved more steeply in one direction than in another.
Q 7. Can I wear contact lenses if I have astigmatism
Contact lens technology has evolved over the last decade which means we are know able to order lenses for most people with astigmatism. The optometrist will be able to advise you on different manufactures and prices.
Q 8. Why is my contact lens prescription different to my glasses prescription?
Glasses sit slightly further away from the front of your eyes, whereas contact lenses are in direct contact with your eyeball.
Q 9. Why is an eye test so important?
Having an eye test is important because it will not just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, but it will also check the health of your eyes. An optometrist can detect many underlying health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, but also identify early signs of eye conditions ie. glaucoma, cataracts.
Q 10. My child has had an eye test at school, do they need to see an optician?
There are some schools which offer a visual screening to pupils, however it is not a full eye test. Having an eye test in the opticians will allow the optometrist to make an in-depth assessment of your child’s eye health and vision.