Below are some of the questions which we are asked most frequently. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding your eyesight and we will do our best to help. Better still, make an appointment for a consultation with one of our qualified Opticians.


Q1 How often should I have my eyes checked?

It can be different for each person but, as long as your eyes are healthy, a general comprehensive eye examination is recommended every one to two years. Contact lens wearers should be checked yearly to ensure that the cornea and anterior part of the eyes stay healthy.


Q2 I don't think I have any problems with my eye sight so do I still need an eye exam?

YES! A large part of our eye exam is measuring and recording your eyes strengths and weaknesses. It’s useful to know that your eyes are normal, healthy and well balanced. Also, changes in these measurements can help us detect early signs of various sight-threatening diseases such as diabetes, brain tumours and hypertension. Early detection and prevention are crucial to the successful treatment of these diseases. We have lots of patients who’ve had glaucoma for 30 years but caught early so they still have perfect 6/6 20/20 vision.

It is recommended that young and healthy individuals have their eyes examined at least once every two years (if they are not a contact lens wearers) and annually if they are.


Q3 Am I eligible for an NHS sight test?

More than 30 million people in the UK are entitled to a free eye examination paid for by the NHS. You are automatically entitled to a FREE sight test on the NHS if you are aged 60 or over; aged under 16; aged under 19 & still in full time education or you meet certain other conditions. Click here


Q4 What does my eye exam include?

Our comprehensive eye exam not only determines your prescription but it also enables us to detect: high blood pressure; diabetes, and retinal / corneal disorders. The exam also includes cataracts and glaucoma screening. Approximately every two years, we take a number of eye health related measurements and then compare these each time we see you. Subtle changes indicate future potential problems, many of which can be avoided. In fact, it is estimated that 50% of actual blindness is avoidable.

A basic NHS eye exam gives you a prescription, visual field check, a modern no puff pressure check and a simple eye health check.

Our private exam also includes an Optomap and/or OCT as appropriate and we recommend that this extra test is added onto the basic NHS check (for a small additional fee).


Q5 Who do I need to see?

Comprehensive eye exams are performed by our Optometrists. Contact lens fittings and check ups are performed by our suitable qualified Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.

If you require spectacles or contact lenses our Dispensing Opticians or Optical Assistants will be able to help you with styling consultations or other advice. Our Optical Assistants will help you with all other enquiries. Click here


Q6 How do I book an appointment?

You can book an appointment on line by clicking here or you can call us on 0117 9735929 or visit the practice in person.


Q7 Where are you located? and when are you open?

We are located just off Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol with easy parking available opposite in the Clifton Down Centre. We are open 6 days a week (with evening opening on a Wednesday). Full contact details are available here


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