Your Independent Ophthalmic Opticians in Tiverton, Devon

The practice was established in 1989 by Jeremy and Sheryl Savage and has since built up a dedicated team of highly trained staff who are totally committed to patient care.

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NHS Entitlements

 

Am I entitled to a free NHS eye examination?

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:

  • You are under 16
  • You are under 19 and in full-time education
  • You are 60 or over
  • You are registered as blind or partially sighted
  •  You are been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You are 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • You are been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • You are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • You are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher - your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement

You are 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 entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may get some help towards the cost of your sight test.

What if I am not entitled to a free NHS eye examination?

If you do not qualify for a NHS sight test, you will have to pay for a private sight test.  Please contact the practice for the private eye examination fee ( 01884 242012 – 242573)

Adults and children are normally advised to have a sight test every two years.

However, in some circumstances, your optometrist may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests. For example, if you:

  • have diabetes
  • are 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
  • are 70 or over

NHS sight tests

If you are eligible for a free NHS sight test, the NHS pays for it and you will not be charged.

Can I ask for a sight test more frequently?

If you are concerned about your sight before your next NHS sight test is due, you can ask your optometrist for an earlier sight test. If your optometrist agrees that you need an earlier sight test for clinical reasons, you will not have to pay for your NHS sight test.

If you want a sight test more often than your optometrist considers clinically necessary, you will have to pay for a private sight test.

Private sight tests.

If you are not eligible for a free NHS sight test, you will have to pay for a private sight test.

What if I pay for a sight test?

After you pay for a sight test, you are not eligible for a free NHS sight test until your next sight test is due. This will usually be two years later.

Am I entitled to an NHS optical Voucher?

It depends on whether you are eligible. If you qualify, an NHS optical voucher provides help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses.

Who is eligible?

You may get help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses if you are:

  • under 16
  • under 19 and in full-time education
  • eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement
  • a prisoner on leave from prison

You may also get an NHS optical voucher 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 entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may also get help towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses.

Proving your entitlement to an NHS optical voucher

Your optician will ask you to show proof that you are entitled to an NHS optical voucher.

What is the value of an NHS optical voucher?

The value of your voucher will depend on the strength of your prescription: the more complex or stronger your prescription, the higher the value of the voucher that you will be entitled to.

Your optician can explain how much your NHS optical voucher is worth.

What your eye test will show

A sight test will show if you need to get glasses for the first time or change your current glasses.

A sight test is also a vital health check for your eyes. It can pick up early signs of conditions that can affect the eyes before you are aware of any symptoms, including:

  • diabetes
  • macular degeneration
  • glaucoma

Many eye conditions can be treated if found early enough.

Your sight test

It is recommended that adults have their eyes tested every two years, unless their optician advises them to have a sight test more often than that.

The way a sight test is carried out is governed by law. A sight test will identify:

  • what your level of vision is
  • whether you need glasses to correct your sight

Your eyes and the area around them will be examined, to look for signs of injury, disease or abnormality.

During your appointment, you may see more than one optician, for example:

  • an optometrist who tests your sight to check the quality of your vision and your eye health
  • a dispensing optician, who will spend time with you, normally after the eye examination to ensure you receive the best possible spectacle lenses for your individual needs

If you already wear glasses or contact lenses, remember to take them with you to your sight test. You may be asked to wear them during the test.

What happens after a sight test?

At the end of your sight test, your optometrist will discuss the results with you. They will tell you whether:

  • your sight needs correcting
  • you need to be referred for further investigation

They will also give you an optical statement or prescription to say that:

  • you don’t need glasses
  • your current glasses don’t need changing
  • you have been given a new or changed prescription
  • you are being referred to your GP or an ophthalmic hospital (a specialist eye hospital)

If you’re entitled to an NHS optical voucher, this will also be given to you after your sight test.