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Eye Examinations

Private Eye Examinations

Our Fees for private eye examinations reflect the use of cutting edge technology in all three of our state of the art consulting rooms. In addition, the extended examination time allows our Optometrists to carry out the comprehensive and complex procedures involved, carefully tailoring each examination to your individual eye health requirements.

Allow 60 minutes for the examination time.

Extended NHS Eye Examinations

We are increasingly seeing a difference in what the basic free standard NHS ‘Sight test’ offers patients, and what is available to our private patients, particularly with advances in modern technology and cutting edge diagnostic techniques.

For this reason, we are encouraging all of our patients to extend the scope of the examination beyond the basic NHS test, to a fully comprehensive examination for a supplementary fee of £35.00.

The extended NHS examination gives access to all of the practice technology and provides the Optometrist the additional time required to carry out the comprehensive procedures involved. This ensures that NHS patients receive the same high levels of care enjoyed by our private patients.

We are however committed to the NHS and will continue to offer the standard NHS sight test. You will be given the choice of the basic NHS sight test or extended NHS examination when booking your appointment.

Exemptions

Patients already under the care of an Ophthalmologist will not usually require the extended NHS examination.
Children usually do not require the extended examination.

Certain examinations, such as after a cataract operation, are fully funded and do not require the extended examination.


About Eye Examinations

Our Fees for private eye examinations reflect the use of cutting edge technology in all three of our state of the art consulting rooms. In addition, the extended examination time allows our Optometrists to carry out the comprehensive and complex procedures involved, carefully tailoring each examination to your individual eye health requirements. 

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Your Appointment

View our checklist for attending your eye examination.

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NHS Eligibility

Find out who qualifies for an NHS sight test, and for NHS spectacle vouchers.

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Fees and Charges

NHS Extended Eye Examination - £35.00

A comprehensive examination of a minimum of 45 minutes including the enhanced retinal scanning (OCT)/ imaging and dilation (often necessary), threshold fields and anterior eye imaging as appropriate.

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VisionCare - Patient Membership Programme

Read about the benefits of VisionCare, our comprehensive eye care membership for just £8.00/month.

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Testimonials

I hadn't been to see an Optician in about 10 years. I went today and was pleasantly surprised. I was welcomed the moment I walked through the door. All the staff were very helpful and friendly. Mrs Hardcastle was brilliant and explained everything in detail. Nice to know I can still be a fighter pilot! Would recommend this Optometry to anyone.Thank you everyone.

Lorraine Pryce

Having previously tried varifocals and not got on with them I was extremely reluctant to try them again, but was becoming increasingly frustrated at constantly swapping between different pairs of spectacles.

Perhaps somewhat naively, I thought all varifocals were the same.

It wasn't until I had an eye examination at Shrewsbury Optometry that I actually had it explained to me that there was a type of varifocal that could give me the extra reading and computer distance focus that I needed.

I was impressed with the digital lens measuring, and the bespoke lens service that I was provided with.

I now happily wear my varifocals for all my day to day office work, and gone are the days of swapping spectacles.

On our Lenses

I wouldn't go anywhere else for my optical appointments!

My sight is too important to not use the best!

The staff are all very supportive and will ALWAYS go the extra mile to ensure that you are totally happy with your prescription and frames. When there has been a problem, they rectify it as fast as they are able. I have never been disappointed with the service I have received!

Thank you!

Graham Farmer

Wonderful service from very nice people who genuinely care! Nothing like the high street chains at all! Attention to detail and customer care second to none. I can honestly say I have never had a better eye test! I can honestly say I have never had such wonderful help in choosing glasses and lenses! I will never go back to the high street multiples. I discovered today that the glasses I'd had from a now obsolete high street chain about three years ago were far too strong! I hardly wore them at all because they made me feel sick! Now I know why! If you need an eye test and new glasses go to these people! Danielle on the eye tests and Jess on the glasses choice and fitting - both of them are just wonderful in my opinion!

Jeremy Higgins

Having been to several different opticians over the years I became disillusioned with the quality of service and care I received. I never seemed to see the same optician twice, and always felt like their main priority was to sell me a pair of glasses.

My first examination at Shrewsbury Optometry was like a breath of fresh air. I immediately felt like I was in the hands of a professional team, and the level of examination I received was far beyond anything I had received before.

In the ten years since that first examination I have always seen Jenny Hardcastle, and I never ceased to be amazed at the new equipment used during the examinations, which seems to get more sophisticated every year.

Mrs Catrina B

Our daughter Erin has Down's syndrome, and has a number of healthy issues including problems with her visual development.

I first came to hear about Shrewsbury Optometry though the hospital eye service, and was recommended to them, having had trouble finding spectaclesthat fit properly.

We saw Elizabeth who took her time to find the right frame for Erin with a specially adapted bridge that meant she no longer peered over the top of her glasses all the time.

We noticed an almost immediate difference in Erin's behaviour, and she began to take interest in objects around her, that we realised she simply wasn't seeing with standard spectacle frames.

We can't thank you enough for the time and care you took for our beautiful daughter.

On our Children's Glasses

I was diagnosed as having a corneal disease called kerataconus some five years ago. In that time I tried a number of different opticians who didn't seem to understand my condition, and I ended up with spectacles that simply didn't give me the vision I needed.

It wasn't until I got referred to Gareth Hardcastle by my consultant Ophthalmologist that I found someone who finally understood my eye condition.

Now some five years later, I am happily wearing specialist contact lenses which give me fantastic vision from morning to night.

Simon C

I hate eye tests, but staff here made me feel so at ease from the moment I walked through the door. I left knowing I made the right choice for change. Thank you.

Carole Markham