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Eye Tests at James Bryan Opticians

The most important part of your visit to James Bryan Opticians is the eye test. It is our first priority to ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you are seeing as well as you can with the most accurate prescription. That is why your eye examination will take at least half an hour, with extra time granted for additional investigations if they are deemed necessary.

At James Bryan Opticians most eye examinations are carried out free under the NHS. The eligible criteria are listed below. For those who are not entitled to an NHS funded eye test the private eye test fee is currently £36.00.

A full eye examination should include:

  • Taking full account of symptoms and history, any general health problems,current or previous eye problems, medical conditions and prescribed medication, specific occupational needs and requirements
  • standard of vision with current glasses and/or uncorrected vision
  • direct and indirect ophthalmoscopic assessment of the internal structures of the eye: the retina, lens, vitreous, etc.
  • retinal photography (available at an extra charge for NHS patients)
  • slit lamp biomicroscopic assessment of the external eye and adnexa
  • measurement of intraocular pressure
  • measurement of visual fields
  • eye muscle and movement assessment
  • objective and subjective measurement of spectacle prescription for distance and reading vision
  • a copy of your prescription, a discussion of the findings of the eye test and recommendations from the optician
     

This is not intended as an exhaustive list of all the different parts of the eye test that may be necessary. Supplementary tests are regularly carried out by the optician (optometrist), for example stereovisual acuity and colour vision tests are particularly useful for children and those wishing to enter certain careers where there are specific visual requirements. Just ask the optician for advice when you come in for your eye test.

At James Bryan Opticians eye tests are free under the NHS if you come into any of the following categories of people who:

  • are over 60
  • are under 16 or under 19 and in full-time education
  • receive or whose partner receives income support, jobseekers allowance or income related employment and support allowance
  • receive or whose partner receives pension credit guarantee credit
  • receive tax credit and are named on an NHS tax exemption certificate
  • have a valid HC2 form (you can get an HC1 for from us to apply for this)
  • are registered blind or partially sighted
  • are diabetic
  • are glaucoma sufferers
  • are considered to be at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • are over 40 and are the parent/child/brother or sister of a person who has or had glaucoma
  • are a prisoner on leave
  • have been prescribed complex lenses for the purpose of the NHS optical voucher scheme
     

If you don't fit into any of these categories the current private eye examination fee is £36.00.

Frequency of NHS-funded eye tests

As a general rule, those entitled to an NHS eye test are entitled to one every two years, the exceptions being those under the age of 16 or over the age of 70, diabetics, those with a family history of glaucoma and ocular hypertensives who are all entitled to an NHS eye examination every year. Children with binocular vision anomalies or rapidly progressing short-sightedness (myopia) may be seen under the NHS every 6 months.

Don't worry if you are an NHS patient and feel you need to be seen sooner. Although assessed on a case-by-case basis, early retests can often be funded through the NHS if deemed clinically necessary. Where they are not deemed clinically necessary the standard eye examination fee of £36.00 applies and unfortunately until we have carried out the examination it is tricky to assess whether you will have to pay or not. Please also refer to the James Bryan Opticians emergency and peace of mind page.