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Your Eye Health

Maintaining good eye health is crucial for overall well-being and quality of life. Our eyes are vital sensory organs that enable us to perceive the world around us. Clear vision is essential for daily tasks, learning, safety, and enjoying various activities. Regular eye examinations are key for detecting and correcting vision problems early on, supporting academic success for children and reducing the risk of accidents for all ages. Additionally, healthy eyes contribute to a higher quality of life, allowing individuals to maintain independence and autonomy.


Moreover, eye health can provide insights into our overall health, as eye examinations may reveal signs of systemic diseases. Prioritizing eye health through regular check-ups, healthy lifestyle choices, and proactive management of any vision issues is essential for preserving vision and promoting overall well-being.

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Eye Test Equipment

Talking – finding out about you, your symptoms, any current or previous eye problems, about your health and any eye problems in the family;

The main parts of Eye Test

Checking your standard of vision and how your eyes work together;

Estimating whether you have any significant Myopia (short-sightedness), Hypermetropia (long-sightedness), Astigmatism (general lack of focus) and/or Presbyopia (age-related reading issues);

Fine tuning the estimate, to find the sharpest and most comfortable vision for your needs;

Examining the muscle & nerve functions of the eyes, and the clarity and structures outside and inside the eyes;

Discussion, advice and recommendation – ensuring you understand what’s happening with your eyes, what best can be done to help, and hearing your side of things.

Children's eye tests are crucial for ensuring optimal vision and overall eye health from a young age.

  • Importance: Children's eye tests are vital for identifying and addressing vision problems early on, which can affect learning, development, and quality of life.

  • Frequency: Recommend regular eye tests for children, starting at 6 months, then at 3 years, before school, and every 1-2 years thereafter.

  • Screening: Tests include visual acuity, eye alignment, depth perception, color vision, and eye health checks.

  • Early Detection: Detect common childhood vision issues like refractive errors, lazy eye, crossed eyes, and eye diseases promptly.

  • Education: Foster good eye health habits, such as limiting screen time, ensuring proper lighting, and promoting outdoor activities.

  • Professional Advice: Seek optometric care if they notice signs of vision problems, like squinting or rubbing eyes frequently

Children's Eye Tests

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Eye Tests for NHS Patients

The NHS (National Health Service) provides free eye tests for eligible individuals in the UK.

This includes children under 16 (or under 19 if in full-time education), adults aged 60 and over, those with certain medical conditions like diabetes or glaucoma, and individuals receiving specific benefits such as Income Support or Universal Credit. T

Tests are available once every two years, though more frequent examinations may be necessary based on medical recommendations.


During the appointment, the optometrist conducts a comprehensive eye examination, including tests for visual acuity, eye health, and providing prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses as needed. Additionally, some may qualify for help with the cost of eye wear through NHS optical vouchers, further reducing the financial burden of eye care.

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