Eye Examination Services
Here at Eyesite we are committed to providing a comprehensive and personal eyeexamination service for patients of all ages. With our clinical expertise and investment in the latest technology and equipment, we can ensure the most thorough examination possible to ascertain every aspect of your eye health and visual performance.
What to Expect from a Comprehensive Eye Exam
We offer the following comprehensive eye examinations at our Eyesite practices. These vary depending on the technology used during your exam and the time spent with your optometrist evaluating your eyecare needs.
- Advanced GOLD Eye Examination – We recommend this examination to all patients over 19 as it provides the most thorough analysis possible for optimising eye health and vision. As well as basic eye tests and prescriptions, it includes our specialised Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) 3D scan and our Optomap Retinal Scan. We also use our Fundus Camera to take a high quality digital image of the central retina.
- Advanced Eye Examination – Like our GOLD examination, this provides an in-depth vision test and prescription, and basic eye health examination. We also use our specialised Optomap Retinal Scan to take a wide angle photograph of the back of the eye to thoroughly assess your eye health. Our Fundus Camera allows us to take a reliable image of the retina to keep a record for future comparisons.
- Extended Eye Exam – This is our standard eye health examination, vision test and prescription service. Unlike a basic sight test we also include a digital image of the central retina using our Fundus Camera.
For your first examination with Eyesite you will be recommended to have our Introductory Examination. For adults this includes everything we do during an Advanced Gold exam. For under 19s it will be the Advanced Exam.
You will spend between 40 minutes to an hour with your experienced optometrist as they guide you through your visit. This allows us to take baseline readings of your eye health to compare against next time you come in. It also gives us a chance to demonstrate to you all the technology we can use and what it tells us. Your optometrist will then discuss all your visual needs and recommend the most suitable eyecare solution.
The table below highlights the difference between our eye exams. We would like you to experience our most thorough exam so your Introductory Examination will be the same price as our standard exam.
Eye Examinations For All Ages
At Eyesite, our specialist eyesight exams for different age groups is what makes our eye care services unique. We pride ourselves in delivering a life-long service that ensures our patient’s vision is properly monitored and cared for in every stage of life. With our dedicated expertise and in-depth examinations, you and your family can rest assured your eye health and visual performance is in good hands.
Eye examinations for Under 19s
Young people should be having regular eye examinations as this is essential for their phsyical and educational development. Good vision helps with learning learning, and developing skills such as peripheral awareness, focusing and eye movement control. Identifying sight problems early also ensures the right corrective treatment can be provided to stop bigger, more serious problems developing in the future. Students and children under 19 years of age are entitled to an NHS Sight Test, which involves a basic examination of eye health and vision performance.
On their first visit, we recommend that parents upgrade their child’s NHS Sight Test by including an Optomap Retinal Scan, then as recommended by their optometrist. This allows us to carry out an in-depth examination of the whole retina, so we can take precise measurements and inspect every of detail of eye function. The Optomap captures over 80% of the retina in one image compared to conventional examination methods which typically show up to 15% in one view. It also means we can have an image of the whole retina on file for future comparisons.
At the end of your examination your optometrist will discuss and recommend which exam to have next time and when you should return.
Click here to find out more about our full eye examination services for under 19s.
Book an Under 19s appointment at one of our Eyesite practices today.
Patients Aged Between 19 and 40
If you’re between the ages of 19 and 40, ideally you should be having your eyes examined every one to two years. Although you may think it’s unlikely to have serious eye problems at this stage in life, it’s important to have regular eye tests to ensure any eye health issues can be identified and corrected as soon as possible.
At Eyesite we recommend our Advanced Eye Examination for 19 to 40 year-olds. This involves the Optomap retinal scan, which captures over 80% of the retina in one image – giving us a wide field view of your eye health. It also allows us to take a reliable image that we can use to compare against future scans.This full eye examination is our way of future-proofing your vision and ensuring you receive the best possible eye care.
Some patients may be entitled to an NHS eye test. Click here to find out if you qualify.
Book an appointment at your nearest Eyesite practice today.
Patients Aged Between 40 and 59
Once we hit our 40s, our eyes become more prone to health issues and disorders. As we are living longer nowadays, it’s highly likely we’ll spend some of our lives with failing sight. However, having regular eye tests will help to ensure any major issues are identified as soon as possible so they can be effectively managed, reducing their lifelong impact.
At Eyesite we recommend our Advanced GOLD Eye Examination to all patients over 40 years of age. This involves specialised Optomap and OCT scans, which provide very different and unique views of the back of the eye. These allow the most detailed examination of eye health and vision. Click here for more information.
Some patients may be entitled to an NHS Sight test. Click here to see if you qualify.
Book an appointment at your nearest Eyesite practice today.
Patients Aged 60 or Over
Our vision and eye health changes quite considerably as we age, and once we hit our 60s we are much more prone to eye health issues and disorders. A great many older patients require glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision, and having regular eyesight exams is essential for checking that spectacles and lenses are up to date. Examinations also ensure any problems can be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
At Eyesite, we recommend our Advanced GOLD Eye Examination to older patients, which includes our Optomap and OCT scans. These give us a detailed picture of the back of the eye, which allows us to make suitable recommendations for vision correction and to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.
All patients over 60 are entitled to an NHS Sight Test, which you can use to part fund your Advanced GOLD Eye Examination. Click here for more information.
Book an appointment for an Advanced Eye Exam.
If you are entitled to NHS help, we still recommend that you choose an Extended, Advanced or Advanced Gold Eye Examination. If you prefer we can carry out an NHS test, paid for by the NHS.
You may be entitled to an NHS-funded eye 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
- 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.