We have a direct referral process for cataracts and we are providing the new CUES eyecare service by virtual consultations so you don't have to leave home if you are self-isolating or in the high-risk vulnerable category.
Glasses from £39.95
Catering for all ages and tastes we supply a wide range of frames including budget spectacles from £39.95 through to designer spectacles from Caroline Herrera, Police, Bench, Schott and British designers Wolf Eyewear and L.K. Bennett.
Our consulting room has a computerised test chart, which has revolutionised vision assessment. Digital retinal imaging can be carried out where we complete an image grading process to identify any changes in the retina.
Francesca J. L. Lewis MOptom (Hons) MCOptom
Our optometrist has extensive training and is registered with the General Optical Council (GOC), the governing body. Mrs Lewis has higher qualifications to allow her to treat common eye conditions and is currently training to be able to prescribe medicine for conditions affecting the eye and surrounding tissues.
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Who can have a free NHS eye test?
You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test 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 a prisoner on leave from prison
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 (not Contribution-based)
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.
Find out more on the NHS England website here
How often should I get my eyes tested?
Optometrists recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. For some people, it is important to have an eye test more frequently.
children wearing glasses
people aged 40 or over with a family history of glaucoma
people aged 70 or overpeople with diabetes
Do I have to get my glasses from the same optician who carried out the eye test?
You can choose whether you get your spectacles from the practice where you had your eyes tested, or whether you would like to look elsewhere.
What is cataract and how is it treated?
Cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that most people will experience as they get older. Fortunately it can be treated, often as day surgery.
I’m worried I have a cataract. What should I do?
If you suspect that you have cataract make an appointment for an eye test.
It is important to get a professional to check your eye health as blurred vision can have a number of causes.
If you know that you have cataract and it is causing problems with your daily life then discuss it with our Optometrist who will be able to refer you for treatment.
Is sight loss and eye disease related to aging?
The leading causes of sight loss – cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease – are all age related. If your sight is not as good as it used to be, you’re not alone. Sight loss affects 1.8 million people in the UK.
How does an eye test help my eyes stay healthy?
Many eye diseases don’t have symptoms in the early stages so you may not be able to tell that your sight is being damaged.
How often should I go back to have my specs adjusted?
There is no set rule for this: return to us for readjustment as often as you need. The fit of your specs will alter with wear as you flex the frames every time you take them off and on.
How do I choose a well-fitting frame from an online store
It is very hard to choose a well-fitting spectacle frame online.
What are the risks of laser eye surgery?
There are risks with any surgery. According to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, complications occur in less than 5 per cent of cases, but make sure your consultant outlines all the risks.
I already have sight loss – do I still need an eye test?
Even if you are already blind or partially sighted it is important to have your eyes checked. Just because you have one eye problem, unfortunately it doesn’t rule out other problems developing.
My eyes are dry and my lids are red and irritated. What should I do?
Dry eyes with irritated lids can be a sign of blepharitis.
Which eyedrops will be best for me?
If you have mild dry eye, you can pick lubricating eye drops or gels.
Do my children need to wear sunglasses too?
Children need to protect their eyes from UV just as much as adults do.
Very small children and babies should not be in the sun at all: according to the NHS toddlers and older should wear sun cream, a hat and loose, baggy cotton clothes, such as an oversized T-shirt with sleeves.
Protect your child’s eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1*) and carry the “CE” mark. Check the label or ask a registered dispensing optician for advice.
*This standard superseded BS EN ISO 1836
What is an eye test chart?
Are cosmetic Halloween contact lenses safe?
Unlike prescription contacts the production and sale of cosmetic lenses is completely unregulated by UK law. By using these you are risking the health of one of the most sensitive organs in your body.