The NHS Sight Test is the basic test available to eligible NHS patients. The NHS stipulates the minimum standards and tests that should be included in the NHS Sight Test.

If you are entitled to the NHS Sight Test, you can still access the additional benefits included in our Private Eye Examination and the fee will be reduced by the amount received from the NHS (ask for details when booking). Our optometrists would always recommend this.

The NHS Sight Test includes the following:
  • History and Symptoms
  • Refraction (calculating your prescription)
  • Ophthalmoscopy (internal eye examination)
  • Intra-ocular pressures (measurement of eye pressure)
  • Suprathreshold fields (basic peripheral vision check)
  • Recommendations
  • Referral for further investigation if clinically necessary

For an NHS Sight Test please allow 30 minutes with our experienced optometrists.

The NHS will provide a routine NHS Sight Test once every two years (more frequently if you are over 70 or in other special circumstances – e.g. family history of glaucoma) for eligible patients listed below:

  • You are aged over 60
  • You are aged under 16
  • You are a full time student aged 16, 17 or 18
  • You or your partner receive income support, pension credit, guarantee credit, income based jobseekers allowance, income-related employment or support allowance
  • You are named on a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption certificate
  • You are named on a valid HC2 certificate
  • You are registered blind or partially sighted
  • You are considered to be at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • You are aged 40 or over and are the sibling/child or parent of a person who has or had glaucoma
  • You are prescribed complex lenses

Children may include the California Optomap and Axial Length Measurement as an addition to the NHS Sight Test for £20.00 (free to children/grandchildren of patients on eyeQ plan)