An eye examination is more than just checking your prescription, it can tell our Optometrists a lot about your overall eye health. At Bush, we provide our patients with high quality eye care using the most advanced specialist technology which can enhance early detection of developing eye conditions.

We offer a range of services to suit your eye care needs from eye examinations for NHS and private patients, to contact lens care and eye wear with our eye care professionals.

How Often Should You Have An Eye Examination?

It is advised to have regular eye examinations, at least every 2 years even if you are not experiencing any difficulties. Regular eye examinations will assist in monitoring your eye health and record any changes that may happen over time.

The national guidelines for the recommended intervals for an eye examinations are:

Under 161 year
16-692 years
70 and over1 year
Diabetic1 year
Glaucoma2 years
40 and over, with a direct relative who has glaucoma1 year

NHS Eligibility

You are entitled to an eye examination under the NHS if you fit one of these criteria:

  • Children and students under the age of 19
  • 60 and over
  • Diabetic
  • Glaucoma sufferers and their immediate relatives over 40 years old
  • In receipt of income support, job seekers allowance, working family tax credit and employment and support allowance
  • Exemption certificate (HC2)
  • Complex lenses requirement.

What Does An Eye Examination Include?

Eye examinations at Bush can include Optomap and OCT. These two advanced pieces of technology focus on the health of the back of the eye providing a far more advanced evaluation of your eyes health. The Optomap is a retinal scanner which provides an exceptionally large field of view of the retinal surface. The field of view provided helps us see the peripheral areas of the retina, checking for any signs of tears, detachments of abnormal growth or pigmentation. The OCT allows us to look deeper at the two areas at the back of the eye that are most vulnerable to age related change, the optic nerve head damaged in glaucoma and the macular affected by macular degeneration.