How to Visit an Optician in the UK
Having a problem with your sight however scary it can be is actually pretty common. Around the world 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired. Of those 285 million there are 39 million people who are blind and 246 have low vision. Uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of moderate and severe visual impairment and cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness. Statistically 80% of all visual impairment can be either prevented or cured.
If you think you might have problems with your sights or you notice something’s wrong with your eyes in general it is extremely important you get yourself checked out. The longer you wait and ignore the problem the more severe will the consciences be. Your vision might get significantly worse or an infection or disease might spread.
Seeing an optician and choosing the one that you want isn’t that hard and the examination itself will be painless and simple. There is a difference though in whether or not you’ll be able to get an appointment for free depending on where you’re from, how old are you and what type of exam you need.
You'll be entitled to a free NHS sight test, as a UK citizen, if you’re :
-aged 60 or over
-registered blind or partially sighted
-diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
-aged under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
-eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher
-receiving low-income benefits
You can also get lens vouchers if you’re eligible meaning you have a be either -10/+10 dioptres or more. This voucher will pay a part of the cost for your lenses and there are many types. Check them out here.
If you’re not a UK citizen but you have applied to receive NHS coverage during your studies you will still have to pay for appointments with opticians, because that and dental service are not covered by the NHS. However in the case of an emergency you will be admitted to the hospital for free.
Now you can go to this website and find an optician store in your area. They will offer you great deals on glasses and contact lenses and some store might give you the initial examination for free. The exam itself is pretty simple. You’ll have to read of some numbers or put your eyes on a machine and just look at the image. It’s very easy and in 15 minutes you’ll be done and on