Extended Eye Examinations
Our fees for private eye examinations reflect the high quality of our resources, the extensive leading edge technology used by our optometrists and the extended time required for the comprehensive procedures involved.
We are committed to the NHS and will continue to accept applications from NHS patients. However, we are keen to ensure that all patients agree to extend the scope of the NHS Sight Test to the higher standards provided by our private eye examination. Accordingly, patients eligible for NHS help with the cost of a Sight Test will only be asked to pay an additional fee. This fee provides extra services, such as dilation or photography, which we believe are essential for a comprehensive eye examination but which are not currently included in the NHS Sight Test.
If you do not wish to take up the extended eye examination and opt only for the basic NHS Test please advise us at the time of booking the appointment.
- Most children will not require the extended eye examination.
- 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.
Additional diagnostic procedures
Certain patients, NHS or private, may require additional diagnostic procedures or tests which may sometimes be conducted on a different day to the eye examination. A scale of fees and charges can be found on this website (see Fees & Charges).
Referrals and second opinions
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 will reduce the cost of the second opinion examination by the value of an NHS Sight Test if you are eligible. Your optometrist will also provide a written report of their findings.
With our extended examination we undertake to treat our NHS patients to exactly the same standard as our private patients.
Please note: Images taken during the course of eye examinations may be used for audit or educational purposes. All images created in this way will be anonymised.