Appointments at Pilgrim Optical can be split into two categories.
Private eye examination
Those who are not eligible for an NHS eye examination have a private eye examination to determine the prescription and check eye health. This is at a cost of £40. Our eye examination includes retinal photography where the optometrist can use the digital image obtained to further assess the health of the eyes, show you the image and talk you through the results. The image will then be stored for future comparison.
The NHS fund an eye examination for those that are eligible (see NHS availability below). They do not however fund retinal photography. If the optometrist feels fundus photography would be beneficial and you are in agreement, it can be taken as part of the NHS examination for a fee of £10.
You qualify for an NHS-funded sight test if:
- you’re aged under 16
- you’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
- you’re aged 60 or over
- you’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
- you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
- you’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
- you’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
- you’re a prisoner on leave from prison
- you’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist can advise you about your entitlement
You’re also entitled to an NHS sight test if you:
- receive Income Support
- receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
- receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
- are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate