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Eye Test

Here at Westgate Optical we will ensure you are given time and care you deserve for your eyes. Our experienced, friendly and professional Optometrist will ask you a few questions about your vision, lifestyle, family history, work and interests. Your answers will give us a better understanding of your eyes and individual requirements.

We will then check the health of your eyes and your sight, as part of your test you will be asked to read from the chart to determine the visual accuracy of your sight. If you have good eyesight you should be able to read near the bottom line clearly without any corrective lenses. If you cannot read these lines, corrective lenses may be required. We will also examine how your eyes processes light, any refraction anomalies can help to determine if you need prescription glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision. Another way to determine the proper prescription for any corrective lenses is by observing how the eye processes a beam of light, by this we can determine whether you suffer from myopia (Short-sighted) or hypermetropia (Long-sighted) or if you have an astigmatism.

At the end of your test, we'll discuss our findings with you and tell you if you need glasses, contact lenses or a new prescription.

If you need a prescription for the first time, we'll explain what it means and recommend suitable lenses to provide you with the best vision and comfort, if we detect signs of any condition or general health problem, we may carry out extra tests and refer you to your GP. Our eye tests cost £23.00, you may be entitled to a free NHS eye test, please see the following info to find out if you qualify.

Do you qualify for a free NHS Eye Test?

You may be entitled to a Free NHS eye test and possibly also help towards the cost of glasses. The NHS provides free eye tests and based on age, health or income.

You are entitled to a free sight test, paid for by the NHS, if:
  • you are under 16 years of age

  • you are 16, 17, or 18, and in full-time education

  • you are 60 or over

  • you have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

  • you are 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma

  • an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) has advised you that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • you are registered as blind or partially sighted

  • you are prescribed complex lenses – these are lenses with a power of 10 dioptres or more, or prism controlled bifocal lenses, or

  • your sight tests are usually done through a hospital eye department, as part of your care for an existing eye condition

  • You are entitled to full help with health costs, including sight tests, if you or your partner receive:
  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

  • Please bring your proof of entitlement when you come along for your eye test, as you will be asked to provide it.
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    Anglia Regional Co-operative Society Limited - Registered Office, Park Road, Peterborough, PE1 2TA - Telephone (01733) 225300