Eye Care

From your eye test through to finding the perfect frames and lenses for clear, comfortable vision, we will take the time to ensure that all aspects of your eye care are expertly looked after.
WE ARE THE RIGHT OPTICIANS FOR YOUR EYES

Healthy, well looked after eyes can make a massive difference to your all round well-being and the best way to maintain this is through regular eye tests. Using the latest eye examination technology, we can quickly establish the state of your vision. We have explained some of the common questions we get in our store and in our appointments below.

Our eye tests can be booked over the phone, requested on our website or by visiting the Roots store in Aston, Birmingham.

We use the latest technology to quickly establish the state of your vision and the health of your eyes.

 

Included as part of a standard eye examination in our store, we use retinal screening to look in far greater detail at the health of your inner eye and identify a range of potential conditions.We are committed to providing the very best quality when it comes to eye tests and dedicate sufficient time to all patients to ensure the very best in eye care.


A standard eye test lasts for approximately half an hour and the optician will use a range of tests tailored to your individual needs. All of our eye tests are carried out using the very best in eye examination technology and your optician will provide step-by-step explanations so you know exactly what is involved at each stage. From your eye test through to finding the perfect frames and lenses for clear, comfortable vision, we will take the time to ensure that all aspects of your eye care are expertly looked after.

Good vision is very important to children because so much of what they learn is taken in through their eyes, so it’s never too soon to start your child’s eye care. Most infants and pre-school children have regular vision screening as part of their routine developmental checks. These early checks are invaluable, but aren’t as thorough as a full eye test by a qualified optician.

 

Why should they have an examination?

Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of a child’s development. During the first 12 years of our lives, as much as 80% of our learning is accomplished through our vision. Without regular eye tests, children with sight problems may have difficulty at school and lose confidence or fall behind. Up to 1 in 5 children have an undetected eye problem. ? If you ensure your child has regular eye examinations, however, you can minimise the chance of an eye or sight defect being carried into adulthood.

The NHS will cover the full cost of an eye test for anyone who qualifies (funding does not apply to everyone). In some cases, the NHS will also give an optical voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses. All of our customers receive the same level of customer service, advice and follow-up services, regardless of whether their eye test is NHS-funded or not.*

 

Aged under 16
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)
  • You need to show your birth certificate in-store as proof that you qualify
Aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye examination (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)
  • You need to show your passport or driving licence and a Student card in-store as proof that you qualify
Aged 60 or over
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye examination
  • You need to show your national insurance number or a passport or a driving licence in-store as proof that you qualify
Registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye examination
  • You need to show a certificate of registration as partially sighted or blind in-store as proof that you qualify
Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye examination
  • You will need to give your doctor’s name and surgery address if you have a diabetes and show a statement that you are a glaucoma sufferer if you have glaucoma
Aged 40 or over and are the parent/brother/sister/child of a person who has or had glaucoma
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye examination
  • You need to show your national insurance number or a passport or a driving licence in-store as proof that you qualify
Advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye examination
  • You will need to show a statement that you are at risk of developing a glaucoma in-store as proof that you qualify
Have been prescribed complex lenses under the NHS optical voucher scheme
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)
  • No proof needed; the Optician will decide during the eye examination if complex lenses are required
You receive benefits or your partner receives benefits that entitle you to NHS eye care
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)
  • You will need to bring an entitlement letter stating the benefits you receive. Partners need to be married or living together; have all their partner details; and be able to prove the benefit provided
You or your partner are receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)
  • You will need to bring an award notice from the Pension Centre
Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • You qualify for an NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)
  • You will need to bring a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

Eye care encompasses everything you do to care for your vision. From your eye examination through to finding the perfect frames and lenses for clear, comfortable vision, we will take the time to ensure that all aspects of your eye care are expertly looked after.

 

Astigmatism

Most people don’t have a perfectly shaped cornea. However, when the curve is pronounced, your vision may be blurred and this is known as astigmatism. This is very common and is not a disease.

 

Short Sighted – Myopia

Short-sightedness is a common eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly. The medical term for shortsightedness is myopia. It’s thought to affect up to one in three people in the UK and is becoming more common. If distant objects appear fuzzy to you or if your child is finding it difficult to see things in the distance, such as the blackboard at school, you should make an appointment for an eye examination. Children up to the age of 16 (or 19 if in full time education) are entitled to an eye examination free of charge.

 

Long Sighted – Hyperopia

Long-sightedness, also known as hyperopia, affects a person’s ability to see objects close to them. Vision problems such as long-sightedness are often referred to as refractive errors.

 

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of your eyelids. It can make eyelids and eyelashes red and crusty and make your eyes feel irritated or itchy. It can also lead to burning, soreness or stinging in your eyes. The symptoms tend to be worse in the morning when you wake up and your eyelids may be stuck together. Whilst Blepharitis can be uncomfortable, it rarely causes serious eye damage. You can normally treat it by just taking care of your hygiene but you may need treatment. 


Why do I get Blepharitis?

There are two types of Blepharitis:

1. Anterior Blepharitis which affects the outside front edge of your eyes (near your eyelashes). It may caused by an infection due to staphylococcus.
2. Posterior Blepharitis which is caused when something affects your meibomian glands (which produce part of your tears)