Eye Examinations in Southport
A regular eye test can help detect eye conditions like long or short sightedness and eye disease before you notice the effect on your sight. Early treatment can often prevent your sight from getting worse. The information here explains what is normally included in an eye test for adults (children may need different tests). An optician who checks your eyes is also called an optometrist. Adults are recommended to have an eye test at least once every 2 years, while for children under 16, it is recommended every 12 months.
How Much Does It Cost? Free NHS Eye Tests
The cost of a full private eye examination (including an OCT Eye Health Scan) is
£49.00 or £35.00 for under 35s (without OCT Scan).
However you may be eligible for a free NHS eye test.
Listed below are those groups entitled to a free NHS Eye Examination ...
Children under 16 or under 19 still in full-time education People of 60 years and older Those who receive, or whose partner receives, income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance or pension credit guarantee credit Diabetics Glaucoma sufferers People aged 40 or over with a close relative who has or has had glaucoma People advised by an ophthalmologist that they are at risk of glaucoma Those who are registered blind and partially sighted People entitled to NHS complex lens vouchers Those entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit certificate or named on a valid HC2 certificate How Long Does an Eye Test Take?
An eye test normally takes about 45 minutes but we often allow a 60 minute appointment if you are a new patient to us, ensuring that you never feel rushed and we get better results in a more relaxed, pressure free environment.
Andrew Willetts Opticians are unique in their approach to allowing this amount of time for appointments, but we feel it allows us to provide you with the optimum levels of eyecare and professional advice.
OCT Eye Health Scan
Introducing a new level of eyecare at Andrew Willetts Opticians
Andrew Willetts Opticians are proud to be the first opticians practice in Sefton to bring advanced OCT scanning technology into the community.
What does an OCT Eye Health scan do?
An OCT scanner uses the latest technology to scan the deeper layers of the eye and give detailed information to help discover eye problems at an earlier stage and monitor progression of eye diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma with a greater degree of accuracy.
Who will benefit from having an OCT Eye Health scan?
Anyone can have an OCT scan, but it is recommended for people over 40 or for those who have a history of eye disease themselves or in the family.
Having an OCT scan as part of a comprehensive eye examination will help to make sure that your eye health is kept in check by picking up any changes at the earliest possible opportunity.
Does the scan hurt?
No. The scan itself only takes a few minutes. This can all be done at the same time as your normal eye examination, or a separate appointment can be made for the scan. Sometimes, you may need eye drops to widen the pupils which can sting the eyes and cause blurring of the vision for up to 4 hours afterwards, but this would be discussed during the eye examination and a separate appointment may be needed.
How much does an OCT Eye Health scan cost?
For private patients the scan is now included in the cost of a full eye examination.
For NHS patients the cost for the scan is £30.
So don't leave your eye health to chance ... book an OCT scan now