Eye Tests

At Jacksons Opticians we think our patients ocular health is very important and have invested heavily in the most up to date technology. Detailed examination of the internal and external eye, intraocular pressure assessment and computerised visual field assessments can all be a part of your bespoke eye examination. Your Eye Examination is tailored to your individual needs and not only helps to optimise vision but also monitors ocular health and can indicate systemic health problems such as:

  • Diabetes.
  • Blood pressure problems.
  • Thyroid disorder.
  • Tumors.
  • Blood disorders.
  • Neurological conditions.

Your Eye Examination will take approximately 30 minutes and afterwards we will discuss with you the best ways to satisfy your optical requirements according to you lifestyle. This may include not only differing designs of spectacle lenses and frames, but also contact lenses and sunglasses.

Fundus Photography

At Jackson’s Opticians we offer Fundus Photography to all our patients. These pictures help to document the health of the back of the eye including structures such as of the optic nerve, retina, macula and retinal blood vessels. The photographs are stored for comparison on future visits to the practice and therefore greatly enhance our record keeping and allow us to monitor and identify any trends.

Because Fundus Photography is a highly specialised form of medical imaging, it can’t be done with an ordinary camera. It requires a customised camera that is mounted to a microscope with intricate lenses and mirrors. These high-powered lenses are designed so the optician can see the back of the eye by focusing light through the cornea, pupil and lens. The patient is asked to stare at a flashing light so the eyes are still while the optician is taking the pictures, the patient will see a series of bright flashes. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes – it’s bright bur not unpleasant.

Usually a good image of the retina can be obtained without the use of eye drops but occasionally they are necessary to make the pupils big enough to get a clear image. These drops smart only slightly and your pupils will go back to their normal size in about 4 to 6 hours. While your pupils are dilated it is advisable not to drive as sunlight can appear more dazzling than normal and sometimes the drops can make your near vision slightly blurry, again the effect wears off after a few hours.

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

  • You’re aged under 16.
  • You’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education.
  • You’re aged 60 or over.
  • You’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired).
  • You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma.
  • You’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma.
  • You’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma.
  • You’re a prisoner on leave from prison.
  • you’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement.

You’re 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 awarded Universal Credit.
  • Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
  • You are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2).

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

  • Are aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education or…
  • Are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (your optician will advise you on your entitlement).

You may also get an NHS optical voucher if:

  • You receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not contribution-based).
  • You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  • You receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.
  • You are awarded Universal Credit.
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
  • You are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2). People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to optical vouchers to the optician or a member of their staff.

There are currently eight voucher values. The values are dependent on the strength of your prescription. The stronger your prescription the higher your voucher value.

If your glasses or contact lenses cost more than your voucher value, you will have to pay the difference.