Below are some of the questions which we are asked most frequently. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding your eyesight and we will do our best to help. Better still, make an appointment for a consultation with one of our qualified Opticians.
Q1. How often should I have my eyes checked?
It can be different for each person but, as long as your eyes are healthy, a general comprehensive eye examination is recommended every one to two years. Contact lens wearers should be checked yearly to ensure that the cornea and anterior part of the eyes stay healthy.
Q2. I don’t think I have any problems with my eye sight so do I still need an eye exam?
YES! A large part of our eye exam is measuring and recording your eyes strengths and weaknesses. It’s useful to know that your eyes are normal, healthy and well balanced. Also, changes in these measurements can help us detect early signs of various sight-threatening diseases such as diabetes, brain tumours and hypertension. Early detection and prevention are crucial to the successful treatment of these diseases. We have lots of patients who’ve had glaucoma for 30 years but found, and dealt with it, early so they still have perfect 6/6 20/20 vision.
It is recommended that young and healthy individuals have their eyes examined at least once every two years (if they are not a contact lens wearers) and annually if they are.
Q3. What does my eye examination include?
Our comprehensive eye exam not only determines your prescription but it also enables us to detect: high blood pressure; diabetes, and retinal / corneal disorders. The exam also includes cataracts and glaucoma screening. Approximately every two years, we take a number of eye health related measurements and then compare these each time we see you. Subtle changes indicate future potential problems, many of which can be avoided. In fact, it is estimated that 50% of actual blindness is avoidable.
Funding for a basic eye exam is provided by the NHS for eligible patients i.e. under 19’s in full time education and over 60’s; diabetics and glaucoma sufferers; people with parents or siblings with glaucoma and those on some benefits. The funding provided is for a basic exam every 2 years unless the vision has changed when you can book an earlier appointment.
Retinal imaging funding is not covered by the NHS. Therefore, if you are eligible for an NHS sight test then there is a small charge for retinal imaging. We want to be able to give you the most comprehensive eye examination and eye health check and this allows us to do so.
Q4. Who do I need to see?
Comprehensive eye exams are performed by our Optometrists. Contact lens fittings and check ups are performed by our suitable qualified Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.
If you require spectacles or contact lenses our Dispensing Opticians or Optical Assistants will be able to help you with styling consultations or other advice. Our Optical Assistants will help you with all other enquiries. Click here
Q5. How do I book an appointment?
Q6. Where are you located? and when are you open?
We are located just off Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol with easy parking available opposite in the Clifton Down Centre. We are open 6 days a week (with evening opening on a Wednesday). Full contact details are available here