Routine eye care

We offer a comprehensive, professional eye examination for NHS and Private patients by fully qualified Optometrists.

Regular eye examinations are an essential part of your overall health care and can detect conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure as well as visual fatigue. You will be assessed for eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.

You will be given time to express any problems or concerns you may have with your eyes, and after  the examination the results will be  fully discussed and all advice will be carefully explained.

We have installed a high-tech digital retinal camera which can take enhanced and magnified photos of the back of your eyes, enabling us make earlier and more accurate diagnosis of many eye diseases, and monitor any changes over time.

We welcome patients in receipt of a free NHS Eye Examination; including the over 60’s, and children in full time education.

Lesley Cree Opticians adheres to the professional guidelines of the College of Optometrists and the Data Protection Act 1998 and will not pass on patients personal information to a third party without their consent (unless there is a clear public interest duty to do so)


Who is entitled to a free NHS eye examination?

  • Children under 16 yrs of age or under 19 and in full time education.
  • Anyone over 60 yrs of age.
  • If you or your partner receives income support, income-based job seekers allowance, disabled persons tax, working families tax credit, pension credit or have a valid HC2 certificate.
  • Anyone registered blind or Partially Sighted
  • Anyone with diabetes, glaucoma or thought to be at risk of, by an eye specialist.
  • Anyone over 40 yrs of age with an immediate family history of glaucoma.
  • If the NHS considers you to have a complex spectacle prescription.

Children and adults on certain benefits may also claim help towards the cost of their spectacles. If you are claiming exemption from NHS charges we are now required to ask to see evidence of your entitlement.

Eye care for children

Children should have regular eye examinations from around the age of three years old, or earlier if you think your child has a visual problem. It is recommended to have them tested before starting school and children do not need to know their letters as shapes and pictures can be used.

Poor vision can hinder a child’s development as up to 90 percent of what a child learns comes from what they see. Some signs and symptoms that may indicate your child has an eyesight problem are; regular headaches, screwing up eyes, blinking and rubbing eyes. Children can be fitted with CONTACT LENSES from around 12 years of age. Children’s SUNGLASSES are available to protect from harmful UV radiation.

All children’s eye examinations are FREE under the NHS. For more information, please click here.