SR Drinnans Opticians

Your Eye Examination Explained

Give your vision the care it deserves and avoid harmful eye conditions

Your eyes are remarkable. They’re composed of more than two million working parts and can distinguish between 500 different shades of grey; however, without regular eye examinations, your eyes are susceptible to harmful conditions.

Many eye conditions show no symptoms until they reach an advanced stage and begin to affect your eyesight. By attending an eye examination once every 18 months, you’ll have peace of mind that your vision is protected and any eye conditions can be detected and treated quickly.

When you visit our practices for an eye exam you’ll be greeted by a member of our team. They’ll help you to settle in and feel at home ahead of your eye examination. If you have any questions about your eye examination, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our friendly team as they’ll be more than happy to give you all the information you need.

Once the test room is ready for your examination, you’ll meet your optometrist who will spend at least half an hour checking your eyes over. This includes an eye pressure check, an ocular health check and further routine tests to measure the strength and accuracy of your vision.

We specialise in DVLA testing too. As a registered testing centre, we can tell you whether your vision is good enough for the road or whether you need to wear eyewear to improve your vision.

After the tests have been completed, your optometrist will talk to you about your eye health and discuss your eyewear requirements. If you have any questions regarding your vision or eyewear, feel free to speak to the optometrist about it. They’ll give you all the information and reassurance that you need.

You’ll also benefit from a full aftercare service. If you have any problems with the eyewear you choose, we will happily deal with these and ensure they are comfortable for you.

You are eligible for an eye examination that is paid for by the NHS if:

    •   You are under 16, or under 19 in full-time education

    •   You are aged 60 or over

    •   You suffer from glaucoma or diabetes

    •   You are aged 40 or over and are either the parent, brother, sister or child of a person who has or had glaucoma

    •   You are considered to be at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist

    •   You have been prescribed complex lenses under the NHS voucher scheme

    •   You are registered blind or partially sighted

    •   You or your partner receives income support, working families’ tax credit, income-based job-seekers allowance or disabled person’s tax credit.

    •   You or your partner have a valid HC2 certificate