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Across our clinics, our team of experienced optometrists carries out thousands of eye tests every week.

Regular eye tests are about more than just helping you see – they can also help identify other health issues. An eye test will ensure your glasses and contact lens prescription is up to date as well as monitoring early signs of eye disease such as glaucoma and cataracts. An eye test can also detect other conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Depending on each individual’s needs, our optometrists will advise how often your eyes should be tested, for most people this is once every two years. Just like a trip to the dentist, an eye test should form part of everyone’s overall health care.

Following an eye, test patients are advised on the best optical solution to suit their needs and lifestyle; glasses, contact lenses, laser eye surgery or premium lens replacement.


Why Choose Optical Express for your eye test?

At Optical Express we continually invest in the latest technology and we are the UK’s largest eyecare provider who have corneal specialists working alongside our optometrists.

Optical Express patients receive the very best advice, care and treatment and depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a free eye test.


The following eye test assessments are carried out by our optometrists as required:

Detailed History and Lifestyle Evaluation

A discussion will take place to provide the optometrist with information concerning your health and lifestyle background. This will allow us to tailor our recommendations to suit your needs.


A measurement of your spectacle power is taken to determine your current prescription strength.


The autorefractor reads how light passes through your eye in order to help determine your baseline prescription.

Visual Acuity Testing

Measures the eye’s ability to see details at near and far distances. The tests usually involve reading letters or looking at symbols of different sizes on an eye chart. Your uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) is what you see without glasses or contact lenses while your best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) is what you see with the optimum correction in place.


Your specialist optometrist verifies your current prescription and compares this to the focimetry readings and previous prescription details to ensure stability.

Slit Lamp Exam

This test uses a microscope and a small beam of light to examine closely your corneas under high magnification, as well as your conjunctiva, lids, iris and lens.

Retinal Exam

Here the specialist optometrist is assessing the health of your internal eye and in particular the retina. As a consequence of the drops used for the cycloplegic refraction an excellent peripheral view is achieved.

Ocular Muscle Assessment

A detailed review will be performed to assess the strength and flexibility of your eye muscles.


Used to measure your eye pressure. It is a key indicator in diagnosing the eye condition glaucoma.


NHS Entitlement

Regular eye tests are essential and should form part of your healthcare routine, like visiting the doctor or dentist. In the UK the NHS provides free eye tests for qualifying patients and in some cases they also contribute towards the cost of glasses.



Corporate Eyecare

Optical Express can help with the provision of corporate eyecare, offering an eye examination and visual report for a fee of £10 (FREE with purchase). Our “complete price” range of glasses starts at £49 (including frames and lenses).



Home Eyecare Service

As one of the UK’s largest eyecare providers, Optical Express are delighted to now offer a FREE home eyecare service for patients in Lanarkshire who are housebound or unable to visit their local opticians unaccompanied.


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