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Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions and answers which you will find useful.

Why should I have my eyes examined, even if I feel like I can see without any problems?

An eye examination should be part of your regular healthcare routine. Determining the need for glasses is only one facet of the examination - it also includes a full health check of your eyes, inside and out. Some conditions, such as glaucoma, are more common as we get older and do not cause any symptoms until permanent visual loss has occurred As well as eye related concerns such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, a range of systemic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, anaemia & multiple sclerosis can be detected too. Early detection is often the key to effective management, so regular attendance is important.

Will I have to pay additional fees for extra tests?

No. It is our policy at For Your Eyes Only that all of our patients, whether NHS or private receive the same high level of eye care. We include retinal photography, thorough visual fields and any onward referral within our eye examination fee of £29.

Will new glasses be expensive?

It is our policy to only recommend new glasses or a change in prescription when we have fully discussed the results of your examination with you, thus enabling you to make an informed decision. We will never pressurise you to spend more than you want to and will be happy to help you find the perfect pair of glasses to suit your style and means. We stock a wide variety of frames that span a range of prices, from those available at no charge under the NHS scheme up to handmade niche and designer frames. Our emphasis is on fashion and quality that is accessible to everyone.

From what age can a child's eyes be tested?

Children can have their eyes examined at any age. They do not have to be able to read the letters, or even speak (although it helps if they can !). If there is a family history of a lazy (amblyopic) eye, a squint, or needing very strong spectacles as a young child, it is vital that you take your child for an eye examination. Ask your optometrist at what age they would recommend you take their child to see them. There is no charge for children under 16 to have their eyes examined under the NHS.

Are floaters a sign of eye problems?

Most people, particularly if they are short sighted, have some floaters inside their eyes. These appear as little black spots or 'flies' which appear to float around in front of your sight. They move when you move your eyes and are normally more obvious when you are looking at a plain pale background (like a cloudless sky). They are normally quite innocent, but if you get a shower of floaters, if you see lots of floaters after you have banged your head, or if you see flashing lights in your eyes or a 'curtain' or 'veil' in front of your eyes you should seek urgent medical attention. More information on floaters can be found on

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name for a disease process which causes damage to the retinal nerve fibres. This results in gradual loss of vision and potential blindness. Fortunately, it can usually be managed with prompt detection and treatment. No one test is used to detect glaucoma, your optician will use results from a number of tests to assess the health of your eyes.

Does wearing glasses make you dependent upon them?

There is no evidence to suggest that wearing spectacles makes you more dependent on them. Most people need to wear spectacles more as they get older, particularly if they are long-sighted, and wearing spectacles does not increase (or decrease) this dependence. In fact, their vision is not actually worse than it was before they had the spectacles, but they have become accustomed to seeing more comfortably because they have spectacles. Vision may fluctuate throughout your life time so don't be afraid to wear your glasses as prescribed.

I have previously had a test where air is puffed into my eyes. Is this necessary, because I didn't like it much?

This test is to measure the intra ocular pressure of your eyes, which can help in the early detection of glaucoma. At For Your Eyes Only, we use a much gentler version of this test which no longer involves a puff. ( Icare tonometer )