eye test roomAn Eye Test is a number of small tests which can give very detailed information which the Optician can use to give an accurate assessment of your prescription.

The Eye Test has two main roles.

The first is to check your prescription and the second is to check the health of your eyes.

When we check your prescription we can ascertain whether you have any of the following eye conditions.

The second aspect of the Eye Test is to check for any of the following Eye Diseases.


Eye Conditions

  • MYOPIA is called short-sightedness. This is when your eye is too powerful and cause objects to be focused in front of the retina. Far away objects tend to be blurred or hazy.
  • HYPEROPIA is called long-sightedness. This is when your eye isn't powerful enough and cause objects to be focused behind the retina. You may have problems with close work and experience eye strain and headaches especially when reading or using a computer.
  • ASTIGMATISM is when your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football. This can cause blurring far away and up close especially around the edges of objects.
  • PRESBYOPIA is the process by which people aged 40-60 lose their focusing ability for reading and near work. This is a natural progression of the eyes.


All of the above can easily be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.


Eye Diseases

  • CATARACT can cause difficulty reading, seeing and may cause problems with glare.
  • GLAUCOMA may cause problems with your peripheral vision due to an increased pressure damaging the nerve at the back of the eye.
  • DIABETES can cause the small blood vessels at the back of the eye to leak leading to deterioration in your vision.


General health concerns such as high blood pressure, hypertension and high cholesterol can also be detected with an eye test.


FundusRS* NEW * Digital Fundus Photography.

The digital fundus camera is a specialised low power microscope with a camera that allows us to take a photo of the back of your eye. It captures the interior surface of the eye allowing viewing of the retina, optic disc, macula and fundus.

Find out more HERE!


Many people are entitled to a FREE Eye Test; those over 60, those 18 and under in full time education, those and their partners on income support, job seekers or tax credits (with white NHS Card), diabetics, glaucoma sufferers and their immediate families (if over 40), those named on a HC2 certificate and those registered blind or partially sighted.

To make an appointment for an eye test, simply call in or phone 028 867 69944, or complete the online form on this webpage.