Eye tests

Does the world look a little bleary - even when you're not hungover? It could time for an eye test.

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Why bother with eye tests?

You know where to go if you’re feeling ill, or if your teeth are giving you grief. Your sight is just as important. Headaches and fatigue can often be caused by a problem with vision. Then there’s the risk you run by driving with dodgy eyesight.

What do eye tests look for?

A regular check up can identify any problems, such as diseases that might need treatment from a doctor or an eye surgeon. An optician, or optometrist, can also prescribe glasses and contact lenses.

It’s advisable to have your eyes tested every year. You are not obliged to purchase the glasses from the same optician that performed the eye test so shop around the get the best price.

What do eye tests cost?

Prices vary among private opticians, including those found on the high street. Many will charge for a sight test, and then offer a discount should you require glasses, or lenses that you purchase from them.

How to get a free eye test

You can get a free sight test and vouchers for glasses if you are:

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By Holly Turner

Updated on 22-Sep-2022