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Eye Exam and NHS help

We provide friendly and comprehensive eye-care for the whole family. Clinical excellence is of utmost importance to us.

Our routine eye examination includes the following:

  • History and symptoms: we ask you some questions about your eyes, your health, and any family eye problems, but very importantly we take time to listen to any concerns you have about your eyes and your vision .

  • Refraction: this is to accurately work out your prescription

  • Muscle balance: this is to assess how your eyes work together

  • Ophthalmoscopy: this is to look inside the eye to check that it is healthy. To do this we use a technique called ‘Slit Lamp binocular indirect Ophthalmoscopy’. This is an advanced technique used in hospitals to give us a very good view of the retina

  • Tonometry: This is to find the eye pressure

  • Visual fields: this is to check your peripheral vision (where appropriate)

  • Pupil dilation:  we often do this to get a better view of the inside of the eye

  • Digital retinal photography. This takes photos of the retina ( where appropriate )
  • Pachymetry :this measures the corneal thickness to help us in glaucoma evaluation ( where neccessary )
  • We carry out many other tests in addition to the above and routinely check for:

  • Glaucoma

  • Cataracts

  • Retinal problems /disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Anterior eye disorders including corneal problems
  • And much more.

We are Specially Accredited for:

  • Diabetic Eye screening using Digital Retinal Photography
  • Cataract Assessment
  • Glaucoma Screening
  • Red eye assessment

We recommend that everyone has an eye examination every two years, or annually for childen, over 70’s, relatives of glaucoma sufferers, and some other categories. Patients who have been diagnosed as diabetic should ensure that they have been enrolled onto the diabetic eye screening programme for their area. We do diabetic eye screening for patients with G. P.s based in Manchester.

If you do not qualify for an NHS examination our eye examination fee is £35.00

Some patients are eligible for free eye examinations including :

  • are under 16
  • are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • are 60 or over
  • are registered as partially sighted or blind
  • have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • are 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you're at risk of glaucoma
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optician can advise you about your entitlement

You're also entitled if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria
  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate 
  • a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

Free glasses with NHS voucher

we have a range of glasses that are free with an NHS voucher . Alternatively you can have free lenses and pay extra to upgrade to have any frame in our complete range including designer. In this instance the lenses are free and you just pay the frame price only.  

Very rarely and only for extremely high powered lenses a small patient contribution is required in addition to the voucher value.

 

 Eligibility for an NHS Voucher for glasses : 

  • are under 16
  • are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optician can advise you about your entitlement

You're also entitled if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria

If you're entitled to or named on:

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate (if you do not have a certificate, you can show your award notice), you qualify if you get Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits with a disability element (or both), and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less
  • a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)