Eye Examinations

What you can expect in your eye examination at Julian May Opticians.

At Julian May Opticians, we believe in providing a first rate eye examination. Expect your eye examination to last about an hour. We begin outside the consulting room by asking a few relevant questions regarding what you do with your eyes, whether you are having any difficulties either from an eye health point of view or with your spectacles. Your optometrist will add this information to your records and then ask you additional questions about your general health, any past and current eye problems and any relevant family eye troubles.

Next, your optometrist will carefully check your vision and spectacle prescription followed by a thorough check of your eye health. Finally you'll get a full explanation of our findings and how they relate to those initial questions we asked and any visual problems you may have been having.

Your eye examination can also be enhanced with high resolution Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). We will take both a digital photograph and a three dimensional cross sectional scan of the back of your eye in one sitting. This allows us to instantly diagnose a number of common conditions and tiny changes can be discovered and monitored. The scan is non-invasive, painless, simple and quick.

Our Professional Fees:  

Full Private Eye Examination enhanced with Optical Coherence Tomography £50.00 or without £33.00. Many people are entitled to an eye examination paid for by the NHS. For those people the eye examination can still be enhanced with Optical Coherence Tomography for an additional fee of £17.00.

NHS Eye Examinations are provided for people in the following categories:

  • Under 19's in full time education
  • Over 60's
  • Those with glaucoma or over 40 with an immediate relative having glaucoma or considered at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • Anyone with diabetes
  • Those registered blind or partially sighted
  • Anyone with a complex spectacle prescription
  • Anyone on a low income in receipt of an HC2 certificate, Income Support, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, Income based Jobseekers Allowance, Named on an NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate or receiving Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • A prisoner on leave from prison

Common questions about the eye examination:

How often should I have an eye test?

Every 2 years for adults (may be shorter in specific circumstances) & every year for children.

When should my child get an eye examination?

From about the age of 2 or even younger if you are worried about your child's eyes. Obviously the younger a child is, the less they'll be able to do (not least because they can't concentrate for very long!) but it's often amazing how much more a child will manage at almost any given age if they've already previously had an eye examination.

How do I know if I need an eye test?

If it's been more than the above time or sooner if you are concerned about your vision, your eyes, having visual difficulties of any sort or having headaches that you relate to your vision.

Can an eye test detect cancer, glaucoma, etc?

Yes, if the problem is affecting the eyes. I think most people expect eye related health problems (like glaucoma) to be detected in an eye examination even when there may be no symptoms but a lot of people don't realise that many general health issues fairly regularly show up in an eye examination. Common examples, are blood pressure problems, high cholesterol, strokes, diabetes and certain cancers.