Eye examination

The sight test is the most important part of your visit to our practice, so we have made sure all of our equipment is up to date. We can screen your eyes for any underlying diseases, so a test is not just for spectacles. Please see below how often you should visit us for a sight test:-

  • Under 16 years of age – Once a year
  • 16 – 70 years of age – Once every two years
  • Over 70 – Once a year
  • Over 40 with a family history (Parent or sibling) of glaucoma – Once every year
  • If you have diabetes/glaucoma – Once every year
  • Have a complex prescription – Once a year
However if you feel your sight has changed before your sight test is due, we will be more than happy to see you sooner.

You may also qualify for a free NHS sight tests if:

  • you're aged under 16
  • you're aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
  • you're aged 60 or over
  • you're registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
  • you've been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma you're 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma you've been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma
  • you're eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement
You're also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • are awarded Universal Credit
  • are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • you are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.