The Eye Examination
The basis of all our services at Thomas Bond and Partners is a comprehensive and professional eye examination aimed at making sure you have the best for your ocular health and vision.
During your eye examination our qualified optometrists will:
- discuss your visual requirements
- examine your vision to determine the strength of the lenses you may need
- assess the health of the eye
- photograph the back surface of the eye (Optional)
- Measure the pressure of the eye if necessary
- and supply you with your spectacle prescription
Both private and NHS eye examinations can be enhanced to further investigate the health of your eyes – West Bridgford, Arnold, Hucknall and Bingham now have PCT approved retinal cameras which can photograph the back of your eye to help in the detection of eye disease and improve long-term monitoring of your eye health.
We take an active part in the Nottingham Community Ocular Hypertension Monitoring Scheme, and are also part of the Nottinghamshire County PCT glaucoma referral refinement scheme.
Do I have to pay for my eye examination?
Private eye examinations are available to anyone not entitled to an NHS eye examination.
You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:
- you’re under 16
- you’re under 19 and in full-time education
- you’re 60 or over
- you’re registered as blind or partially sighted
- you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
- you’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
- you’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
- you’re a prisoner on leave from prison
- you’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement
You’re also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:
- receive Income Support
- receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
- receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
- are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- receive Universal Credit
- are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)
If you’re named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may get some help towards the cost of your sight test.