Many of our consultations include a Sight Test (see below). We provide other consultations too, such as:
- Post-operative assessments following NHS cataract operations,
- Examinations for dry eyes,
- Examinations for flashes or floaters,
- Contact lens fittings or check ups.
Sight Tests are for the purpose of determining whether a person will benefit from an optical appliance (e.g. spectacles), or whether their existing optical prescription is still appropriate. Tests such as refraction and fundoscopy will be performed. For many of our patients two to three years is a suitable interval between Sight Tests.
Our Optomap scanning laser ophthalmoscope provides us (and our patients) with a significantly enhanced view of the inner eye, and we strongly recommend this to all of our patients.
Paying for consultations
NHS funding is available for Sight Tests when patients satisfy the NHS eligibility criteria and have a clinical need for a Sight Test. We recommend everyone who has a NHS Sight Test to also have an Optomap digital scan, and icare tonometry (as opposed to the air-puff tonometer). Typically these tests are performed at the same visit by booking a longer, combined appointment, but they can be conducted on separate occasions if desired.
Privately funded Sight Tests are available but only within a larger consultation package which includes a Sight Test, an Optomap digital scan and icare tonometry as standard.
Many other consultations are privately funded, but if an NHS fee can be claimed we will discuss that option with the patient.