Your eye examination

We welcome private & NHS patients.
(Private eye examination fee: £30)

Having an eye examination does not necessarily mean it is because you need glasses. Keeping up to date with eye examinations can detect eye health concerns that if detected early can be successfully treated, therefore, eye examinations are important for checking the quality of your vision and the health of your eyes.

The Optometrist is also able to detect other medical conditions related to your general health e.g., high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes to name a few.
It is recommended that most adults should get their eyes tested every two years and under 16s every 12 months, unless advised by an Optometrist to have them tested more frequently.
An eye exam takes about 30 minutes and once completed if you need glasses our friendly team will assist you in choosing the right frame and lenses.

NHS funded (free) eye tests

At Direct Vision Opticians we offer free NHS funded eye exams to those who qualify. We also offer free glasses with single vision lenses or bifocal lenses (varifocals available as an upgrade option) for those that qualify for an NHS optical voucher.

You qualify for an optical voucher if you are:

  • Aged under 16
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 in full time education
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher
  • Claiming Benefits (or are under age 20 and the dependant of someone receiving benefits)
  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2(full help) or HC3(partial help) certificate
  • A prisoner being seen outside prison
  • You qualify for a free NHS funded sight test if you are:

  • Aged under 16
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 in full time education
  • Aged 60 or over
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma (as advised by an ophthalmologist)
  • Aged 40 or over and the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on your entitlement
  • Claiming Benefits (Income Support, Pension Credit, Universal Credit)
  • A prisoner being seen outside prison