At First Contact Opticians, your eye examinations are carried out by qualified practitioners who are registered with the General Optical Council.
Measurements will be taken of your vision when you are not wearing spectacles or contact lenses to assess the extent of any visual error. If the examination shows that you could benefit from vision correction the practitioner will ask you to look through a variety of trial lenses and ask you to express an opinion on the effect that the lenses have on the quality and clarity of your vision.
EYE MOVEMENTS & CO-ORDINATION
It is essential that these are checked to make sure that both eyes are working together effectively and that undue stress is not being placed on them. This is particularly important for those who use VDUs.
Additional information, which will help us 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, however, if you don’t understand anything or require more information please ask and we will be delighted to help.
At the end of the eye examination you will be advised of the appropriate date for your next appointment and be handed your spectacle prescription, or a statement, which confirms that nothing is needed.
When you receive a prescription you may wish to select spectacles or be fitted with contact lenses. This may be done with the assistance of our dispensing opticians.
Those in the following categories are entitled to a NHS eye examination without charge and may also be entitled to a voucher to offset the cost of any spectacles or contact lenses prescribed:
- Children under 16, or under 19 still in full-time education
- All those 60 and over
- People receiving Income Support or Family Credit
- Those receiving a disability working allowance who have capital up to a certain amount (please check with your practitioner for current details)
- Those receiving an income-based jobseekers allowance (Contributory ISA does not count)
- Glaucoma sufferers
- Those who are 40 and over and the parent/brother/sister/child of a person with glaucoma
- Those diagnosed by a consultant ophthalmologist as being at risk of developing glaucoma
- The blind and partially sighted
- People entitled to NHS complex lens vouchers
- Those who have a valid HC2 certificate