Here are some frequently asked questions about our eye care. If your question cannot be answered here please feel free to call the practice and we will answer any questions you have.


At what age should I bring my Children in for an Eye Examination?

Always before they start school and ideally even younger. Good vision is vital for early years education and often even though your child may be appearing to see well, a problem with one eye or a muscle problem can cause learning problems and will not always be noticeable. 

Symptoms that might indicate your child is having problems with their vision are the rubbing of eyes, squinting, turning or tilting their head, losing their place or using a finger to follow the line when reading, moving their head or mouthing words whilst reading, headaches, red eyes, wandering eyes or complaints of blurred vision.


How often should I have my Eyes Examined?

You should have your eyes examined regularly, at least every 2 years. However, those suffering from Glaucoma or Diabetes, for example, should have their eyes examined more often. If you start to suffer from headaches, double vision, blurred vision or any other abnormality in your vision book in for an Eye Examination straight away.


Do I need to see my Doctor first?

No. All you need to do is make an appointment.
Please telephone 02920 709526.


Am I Entitled to a Free Test?

You are entitled to an NHS Eye Examination if:

  • You are under 16 years of age
  • You are under 19 years of age and in full time education
  • You are 60 or over
  • You or your partner receive Income Support, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, or Tax Credit.
  • You are named on a valid HC2W Certificate
  • You are registered severely sight impaired

  • You suffer from Diabetes or Glaucoma
  • You are considered at risk of Glaucoma by an Ophthalmologist
  • You are 40 years over and are the parent/sibling/child of a person with Glaucoma
  • You are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • You have been prescribed complex lenses under the NHS optical voucher scheme.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a natural condition related to age. The lens in your eyes loses some of its elasticity making it harder to focus. You may notice that it becomes more difficult to read or that you are holding the newspaper at arms length. Presbyopia can be corrected with Spectacles or Contact Lenses.


What are Cataracts?

A Cataract forms when the lens in the eye becomes gradually more opaque and cloudy. If you have a cataract the main thing you will notice is a general reduction in the quality of your sight. Many people develop cataracts but not all require treatment. If treatment is required you will be referred to Hospital. 


What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve which carries the images we see from our eyes to our brain. If left untreated Glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness. 


What is Macular Degeqneration (AMD)?

Macular Degeneration, better known as AMD, is a condition which gradually destroys the macula, the area of the eye that is needed for sharp, central vision and for seeing things in detail.

AMD can run in families, and those who have a parent or grandparent with the condition, have a higher risk of developing the disease. We advise anyone concerned about AMD to routinely have an OCT scan.


What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome is the decline of the quality or quantity of tears that normally bathe our eyes, keeping them clean and healthy.

Symptoms include burning, itching, gritty feeling in eyes and occasionally watery eyes. Whilst the condition cannot be cured it can be managed using lid hygiene and with medications that we can supply.


What is the difference between Bifocals and Varifocals?

Bifocals have a visible line on the lens and have two distinct areas, usually for distance and reading. Varifocals have no visible lines on the lens and allow you to see at all distances.


What is an OCT scan?

3D OCT Scanning is a modern procedure in which very detailed, high quality scans are taken of the eyes and used for diagnostic purposes.


If you have a question which was not featured on this page then please feel free to give the Practice a call on 02920 709526 and our friendly staff will answer any questions you have.