Our eye examinations

ADVANCED EYE EXAM COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM NHS SIGHT TEST
Optometrist 60 minutes Optometrist 40 minutes Optometrist 30 minutes
Check prescription of existing spectacles Check prescription of existing spectacles Check prescription of existing spectacles
History and symptoms History and symptoms History and symptoms
Vision Vision Vision
Detailed slit lamp examination Detailed slit lamp examination Basic external eye examination
Internal eye examination Internal eye examination Internal eye examination
Glasses prescription distance and near Glasses prescription distance and near Glasses prescription distance and near
Visual Fields Visual Fields Visual Fields
Pressures Pressures Pressures
Full muscle balance investigation Full muscle balance investigation Referral to GP
Full threshold fields (if necessary) Full threshold fields (if necessary)
Digital retinal photograph Digital retinal photograph
Dilation to enlarge pupils Dilation to enlarge pupils
Repeat procedures if required Repeat procedures if required
Referral to GP / Private Consultant Referral to GP / Private Consultant
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scan
Form completion e.g. passport
£102 / £75 with NHS form £62 / £35 with NHS form NHS if eligible
  • Any complex prescription e.g. with prisms
  • Early detection of glaucoma e.g. for anyone with family history or raised pressures
  • Monitoring progression of dry or wet macula degeneration
  • Any complex prescription e.g. with prisms
  • More time for problem solving
  • Detecting retinal moles/tumours
  • For simple prescriptions, children, after cataract surgery, if already in HES

The complete list of professional fees is available upon request

Our recommendations

Our optometrists strongly recommend the Advanced Eye Examination to all our patients over 40 years old. We feel this provides the best level of clinical care.

Referrals / second opinions / problem solving

Many of our patients are referred by their doctor or come to us for a second opinion. The NHS Sight Test is not adequate for this and therefore we strongly recommend upgrading to at least the comprehensive eye examination.

Exceptions

  • Most children will not require the extended eye examinations.
  • Certain simple examinations (such as after a cataract operation) will still be adequately covered by the NHS sight test.
  • Patients under active hospital treatment (e.g. for glaucoma) may not require the extended examination.
  • Visually impaired patients seen under the local Low Vision Aid scheme may not need an extended eye examination.