Your eye examination

Eye examinations are important for checking the quality of your vision and the health of your eyes. During an eye exam, the Optometrist is also able to detect other medical conditions related to your general health. It is recommended that most adults should get their eyes tested every two years and for under 16s it is recommended every 12 months, unless advised by an Optometrist to have them tested more frequently. An eye exam takes about 30 minutes and once completed our friendly team will help you choose the right glasses. We welcome private and NHS Patients (for NHS eligibility see below).

NHS funded 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 Benefit
  • 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
  • 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 Benefit
  • A prisoner being seen outside prison