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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.

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equipment

 

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.  

 

If you have specific information or communication support needs, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to assist you.

F.A.Q

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. Here are a few groups that might be recommended to come back sooner:

  • 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. Shopping around can save you money, but staying with the same practice can make it easier if any problems arise.




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. The vast majority of people with cataract will find that their vision is much improved after surgery. The overall success rate of cataract surgery in the UK is over 95 per cent and the chances of a serious or sight-threatening complication are less than 1 in 500. After getting your glasses updated you will be able to carry on with daily life as normal.




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. RNIB research predicts that by 2050 the numbers of people with partial sight and blindness in the UK will double to nearly 4 million people, and most people find their sight worsening as they get older.




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. Regular eye tests can help pick up the very early signs of disease. The optometrist looks at the back of the eye to spot conditions like macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and can even see signs of high blood pressure. Get your eyes tested every two years, or more often if advised. People with a family history of glaucoma may need an annual test.




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. Remove your specs carefully with both hands to ensure that you don’t stretch one side. Some people need very few adjustments, but with growing children you may find periods where you need to visit every week to stop the specs slipping. Our dispensing optician is trained to ensure that your specs fit well, and will be happy to help however often you need to return.




How do I choose a well-fitting frame from an online store


It is very hard to choose a well-fitting spectacle frame online. Every person’s face is different, so what looks good on a model may not suit you. Different styles of frame may have the same measurements but fit differently. Always speak to a registered dispensing optician about the right frame for you.




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. Flap complications with LASIK arise in 0-4 per cent of cases, but can usually be corrected with little or no loss of vision. Some people have a problem with dry eyes in the months after surgery and artificial tear supplements may be needed long term. Many patients have experienced glare or halo effects when night driving, particularly just after treatment. This is more likely the higher the correction that has been made, but is rarely severe. In rare cases, excessive thinning of the eye wall can cause the shape of the eye to be unstable after treatment. Severe loss of vision is very unusual, but some patients could require corneal surgery or hard contact lenses to restore vision. You should find out exactly how frequently your surgeon has experienced complications and why.




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. It is important to have regular tests to look after the vision that you have. You may be under the care of the hospital and they can advise on what you need. Otherwise, speak to your local optical practice staff.




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. Speak to an optical practitioner who can examine your eyes and suggest the best course of treatment.




Which eyedrops will be best for me?


If you have mild dry eye, you can pick lubricating eye drops or gels. Ointments are stickier and can cause temporary blurring of the vision but have a longer lasting effect. Most lubricants are available from us without a prescription over the counter our Optometrist will discuss and advise which type are best for you




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?


A Snellen chart is an eye chart that can be used to measure visual acuity. The smallest row that can be read accurately indicates the visual acuity in that specific eye. They are named after the Dutch Opthalmologist Herman Snellen who developed the chart in 1862.




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. Dyes used in coloured cosmetic lenses, depending on their quality, can contain toxic heavy metals, including mercury and lead which can leak into the wearer's eye and nervous system. Contact lenses are not one size fits all and should only be dispensed and fitted by qualified and General Optical Council-registered clinicians. If you experience any difficulty, complications or side effects from your lenses, please contact your Optometrist immediately.





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Cheshire

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