Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find a number of Frequently Asked Questions with regards to a number of our services. We hope you find them helpful!
How much is an Eye Examination?
If you qualify for an NHS Eye Examination, then this is free of charge.
Click here to see if you are eligible – https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/healthcosts/pages/eyecarecosts.aspx
If you would like to upgrade from an NHS Sight Test, to a private Eye Examination, a supplementary charge of £20 will apply. The fee for a private Eye Examination is £47.50.
How long does the Eye Examination take?
An adult examination takes an hour. The examination for children takes approximately 30 minutes for the first visit and 30mins for a follow up visit, which could include the use of eye drops to allow for a more conclusive look at the back of the eyes and for a more accurate measurement of the glasses prescription.
After your examination, you will be guided by our dispensing team to advise you on your glasses, if the optometrist feels you need to upgrade your current glasses or if you need glasses for the first time. The time you spend with the dispensing staff varies depending on your individual needs.
There is free parking opposite the practice, in the Berkeley Centre for 2 hours.
From what age can my Child, begin having Eye Examinations?
There is no minimum age limit on when a child can have their eyes examined. We frequently see patients from babies all the way through to their teens. Mr Pramod-Ray Patel has worked as a Consulting Paediatric Optometrist at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital for 20 years.
Children do not need to be able to read or identify letters for us to examine their eyes. We have alternative tests that allow us to examine children.
We strongly encourage all children and young people to have their eyes tested regularly, usually every year.
What happens during my Eye Examination?
See Patient Journey page.
In a one-hour examination, you will be eligible for a Field’s Test and the TRK-2P in pre-screening tests.
Following this, you will be seen by Mr Pramod-Ray Patel for an eye examination to check your prescription for glasses using the latest in computerised phoropter technology which patients say is a comfortable and relaxing experience.
The Mr Pramod-Ray Patel will then advise whether it’s necessary to upgrade your glasses. If so, you will be guided by our dispensing staff in finding a suitable pair of glasses.
Children Eye Examinations
Why are Eye Examination’s important for my child?
A child needs many abilities to succeed in school. Good vision is a key. It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does, occurs through his or her eyes. Good vision is vital to a child’s ability to read, concentrate and understand. Many learning problems can be associated with even minor eye defects. That’s why regular eye examinations are essential to helping your child focusing at school. In education, there is now a greater emphasis on studies using a computer, which place a burden on the visual system, further increasing the importance of an Eye Examination.
How much does a Children’s Eye Examination cost?
Eye examinations are free for children under the age of 16 and free for students under the age of 19 as long as they are in full time education. If glasses are required a voucher from the NHS is issued towards the cost of the spectacle lenses.
How old does my child need to be for an eye examination?
Toddlers, schoolchildren and students under 19 should be examined every 12 months. Regular eye examinations are essential to ensure that their eyes are equipped to receive visual information accurately, comfortably and safely.
Children do not have to be able to read letters to have an eye examination!
The eyes grow and develop throughout childhood; therefore, it is important for children to have an eye examination when they are as young as possible and then regularly thereafter.
How do I know if my child needs an Eye Examination?
We recommend that all children have regular eye examinations.
Even if you think your child’s eyes are developing normally it is very important to have them checked from a young age.
There can be warning signs that your child is having difficulty with their vision and would benefit from an eye examination:
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Short attention span
- Avoiding reading and other close activities
- Frequent headaches
- Covering one eye
- Tilting the head to one side
- Holding reading materials close to the face
- An eye turning in or out
- Seeing double
- Losing place when reading
- Difficulty remembering what he or she read
What is involved during my child’s Eye Examination?
Mr Pramod-Ray Patel always makes the eye examination fun, easy and interesting for your child. Mr Patel has been a Consulting Paediatric Optometrist at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, for 20 years. He knows that every child is different so he tailors each eye examination specifically to your child’s needs.
All examinations will include looking at the back of the eye to make sure their eyes are healthy (often eye drops are required to allow for a more conclusive examination of the back of the eye) and a check to see if glasses are required to improve their eyesight. Children do not even need to talk to us or be able to read to get an accurate result.
What is involved with Contact Lenses?
An Eye Examination is required by the optometrist to judge whether contact lenses are suitable and whether they will fulfil your expectations and provide realistic benefits for you. You will then be required to have a Contact Lens Assessment. The optometrist will take into consideration your lifestyle, leisure activities and working environment and then the necessary tests and measurements will be performed, before you are given professional advice on the most suitable lenses for you.
How much does it cost and what is involved?
Contact lens Assessments are £65, which include:
- All appointments the optometrist recommends during the fitting process (minimum 2)
- Being taught how to insert and remove your contact lenses safely and competently
- Trial lenses to take home and try
An Eye Examination is also £47.50 privately and less if you are entitled to an NHS voucher. The cost of your contact lenses varies depending on your personal requirements and will be discussed with the optometrist during your contact lens assessment. The cost of your lenses depends on your prescription, the material of the lenses and the type of lenses you have.
What is dry eye?
When the nature of our tears, health of our eyelids and tear glands are compromised, eyes can become dry, leading to redness, grittiness and soreness, lids can sometimes become stuck together and our vision may start to vary and become intermittently blurred. In more severe cases of dryness, eyes can become very red and painful, can lead to extreme sensitivity to light and may lead to deterioration in vision caused by damage to the cornea.
What can we do to help dry eye?
It is important to understand the nature of dry eyes – why we have it and how best to alleviate your symptoms using the latest and most appropriate examination techniques and thereafter to establish the most appropriate form of management. At present, there is no cure for dry eye and so our aim is to reduce the discomfort as much as we can using appropriate drops, ointment and lid management techniques.
What is involved during the dry eye examination?
Our dry eye examination normally takes one hour and includes the following procedures:
- Examination of the front of the eye using our photo / video slit lamp biomicroscope to take high definition, high resolution photographs
- Meibography – we assess the meibomian glands (glands which produce complex oils to stabilise your tears) to ensure their optimal performance
- Three-dimensional cross-sectional images of the front of the eye (anterior OCT) to monitor changes in the tear film and corneal thickness
- We measure the speed at which your tears evaporate off the eye using non-invasive Tear Breakup Time (T-BUT)
- Use of various dyes (which do not cause any damage to the tears or the eyes) to assess the health of the front of the eyes
The initial consultation costs £60 and follow up visits cost £30
OCT or Ocular Coherence Tomography
What is OCT?
OCT stands for Ocular Coherence Tomography which is an advanced scan available for people of all ages. It is similar to an ultrasound scan; however, the OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of our eyes in incredibly fine detail revealing 3 dimensional images of the structures.
The Triton also captures a digital photograph of the back surface of the eye at the same time.
Mr Pramod-Ray Patel can review the images and pinpoint areas of concern by digitally peeling back the various layers until he can define and locate areas that require further investigation.
Who will benefit from OCT?
We encourage every patient to have a 3D scan in conjunction with their first eye examination at Ray-Lewis Opticians, to establish a baseline reference point to allow us to compare any changes observed at subsequent scans.
Visit the OCT or Ocular Coherence Tomography and Health Screening page
Book an Eye Test
Vision is our most treasured and precious of gifts. At Ray-Lewis Opticians, screening for eye health has never been as easy and reliable as it is now. We use the most advanced equipment and technology available today.
Personally sourced, luxury eyewear brands, from around the world following visits to Milan, London and Paris, bringing brands to Sheffield that are exclusive to Ray-Lewis Opticians. Even having our own brand: “The Ray-Lewis Collection” – of handmade quality frames.
Contact Lenses offer a great compliment to your glasses for holidays, sports and daily wear. As a wide range of contact lenses are available, a Contact Lens Assessment is essential if you are new to contact lens wear.