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Your Eye Test
Explained

The NHS recommends that you should get your eyes tested every 2 years (more often if advised by your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist).

The eye examination is at the core of the services we provide. Our fully qualified registered Ophthalmic Optician will provide you with the highest standard of care for your vision and eye health.

What To Bring With You

Our team are always up to date with current coronavirus restrictions, to ensure we keep you and our colleagues safe. Please observe any local coronavirus information prior to attending your appointment.

NHS funded eye test
Please bring relevant proof that you qualify. For more information on Free NHS Eye Tests, see our dedicated page.

Already wear glasses?
Please bring your current pair to your appointment, and/or your current prescription.

Contact lenses
Please bring your glasses, contact lenses and, if you use them, case and solution, as you’ll need to remove your lenses for the examination.

Pre-Test

Before seeing your Optometrist, you’ll have an eye health screening known as the pre-test, where we check your eye’s health for underlying eye conditions, or health issues, such as diabetes.

It’s important that you tell your Optometrist about your general health and any medication you may be taking. That’s because certain medical conditions and prescription drugs can affect your vision. We’ll also ask about any family-related health problems.

Eye test

Optometrist Test

Your eye examination is a comprehensive test which takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

We’ll start with your medical and family history of eye problems.  We then perform a series of tests to check your eye health, vision, field of vision, the pressure inside your eyes and how well your eyes work together.  We check for colour blindness, glaucoma, diabetes and a range of other health conditions.  Other tests may also be performed depending on your individual needs. 

Your Optometrist will advise on how often you should have your eyes tested.  For most people, it’s every two years but certain people may require more frequent checks. This is completely normal and will be explained during the examination.

Your Lifestyle

Additional information which will help your practitioner to make an accurate assessment of your requirements is, for example, your occupation, whether you play sports or have any hobbies. Our optometrist will now have a detailed knowledge of the health of your eyes, how good your vision is, and any special requirements you may need.

This information will be explained to you, but remember, if you don’t understand anything or require more information please ask the optometrist who will be delighted to help.

After Your Eye Test

When the eye test is complete, your Optometrist will go through the results with you, provide a copy of your prescription and, answer any further questions you may have.

If corrective lenses are needed, or a change to your current prescription, we’ll then recommend the best options for you and your lifestyle, which may be glasses, contact lenses, or possibly a referral if your eye test revealed any conditions that you wish to take further.

After Your Eye Test

Frames & Lenses

eye test woman selecting frames

We have a huge range of frames to suit all tastes and budgets. We also have the largest selection of designer frames on the high street. 

Our optical advisors will be on hand to help you choose a frame frames that’s comfortable, compatible with the lenses you need, and compliment your lifestyle and budget.

We also have a wide range of offers and discounts on frames and lens upgrades in-store.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a convenient alternative to glasses, especially if you have an active lifestyle. 

If you’re new to contact lenses, the examination differs a little from the standard eye test. We’ll check the surface of your eyes to make sure they’re compatible with contact lenses as well as some extra fit, comfort and vision checks.

Following an initial assessment with one of our specialist contact lens optometrists, we’ll guide you through the process.