Booking an Appointment and Getting Your Eyes Checked

Not sure about how you book an eye appointment? Here are the answers to the questions you might have.

Book an appointment

Find your nearest optician and ask if they provide NHS services. 

Do I need to go to the same optician?

You can make an appointment with any optometrist who provides NHS services. But you may prefer to see the same one if you think this will be better for your care.

But each time you visit a new optometrist, you will be asked to give:

  • your personal details (for example, your name, address, date of birth, and GP’s name)
  • details about your own and your family’s medical history
  • details of any symptoms you are having

Does my GP need to refer me to an optometrist?

No. If you have any problems with your eyes, make an appointment with an optometrist of your choice. You can do this without visiting your GP. It’s a good idea to go get your eyes tested either every year or two years. But you should go if you are experiencing any issues with your vision. 

Do I need to pay for an eye test?

If your opticians provides NHS services you shouldn’t have to pay. But if you need further treatment you may have to pay for this. You should be able to get free glasses or contact lenses if you are under 16, or are on certain benefits. Find out if you qualify. It’s always a good idea to double check with your optician. 

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