An eye examination at Pearce & Blackmore Opticians is so much more than a check of your prescription for spectacles or contact lenses, it is also an opportunity for Clare to check the health of your eyes and look for signs of many different systemic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
You should attend for an eye examination at least every two years and if we need to see you more often than that, we will let you know. When your next appointment is due, we will send you a reminder via email or a letter in the post.
EYE EXAMINATIONS FOR CHILDREN
We recommend that children come for their first routine eye examination when they are around three and certainly before they start school – but do call us for advice if you are noticing any problems with your child’s eyes or vision as in some cases, they made need to be seen sooner.
A children’s sight test can be very different from an adult sight test and each one that is performed at our practice is designed around the patient and their ability. Children do not need to be able to read or even know their letters as Clare has pictures, numbers and cartoons that can be used. We also have extra tests like colour vision and 3D vision tests that help Clare to further assess the child’s sight.
Children need a sight test at least every year and sometimes more frequently than that. We will send a reminder via a letter in the post or an email when your child is due for their next appointment.
CONTACT LENS AFTERCARE
If you are a contact lens wearer then as well as keeping up to date with your eye examinations, you will need to attend for contact lens aftercare appointments, usually at least yearly. Again, when you are due for one of these appointments, we will send you a note in the post or via email.
NHS, PRIVATE OR CORPORATE FUNDED EXAMINATIONS
Many people are now eligible for a free eye examination, funded by the NHS. If you are not eligible for an NHS funded appointment, we charge £30 for a private examination. Contact lens aftercare appointments are not covered by the NHS and we usually charge £20 for these, unless you are on our contact lens direct debit scheme. Members of the direct debit scheme do not pay for these checks as the cost of contact lens aftercare is included in the monthly subscription.
Some people are entitled to have regular eye examinations funded by their employer. If you are entitled to corporate eyecare, we accept Eyecare Vouchers and we are members of the Eyecare Plans Scheme.