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InfernoZeus Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
I need to get my eyes tested, and I'm trying to find the best deal, but mainly I care about the quality of the eye check and general quality of service.

I had a look here ( http://www.reviewcentre.com/fi4608-f1-1.html ) but they all get such shocking reviews! :O D&A had the best reviews and are currently doing eye tests for 14quid which seems pretty good. Has anyone use them? Or does anyone else have any recommendations? Cheers :)

(I live in Guildford if anyone has any experience with the local stores)
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
I've used D&A, I would recommend them, I got the eye test done for free as I'm a student but they did everything necessary and also they let you know if you have any scratches in your eyes and advise what to do next. I did get my test done there but shopped on-line for glasses.
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lilraul
I've used D&A, I would recommend them, I got the eye test done for free as I'm a student but they did everything necessary and also they let you know if you have any scratches in your eyes and advise what to do next. I did get my test done there but shopped on-line for glasses.

I'm in my 2nd year at uni, do you know if I'd qualify for free eye tests. I read somewhere that the NHS will pay for the test if you're under 19 and in full-time education (I'm 19, does that count as under 19?!)
#3
InfernoZeus
I'm in my 2nd year at uni, do you know if I'd qualify for free eye tests. I read somewhere that the NHS will pay for the test if you're under 19 and in full-time education (I'm 19, does that count as under 19?!)


I'm not sure, but I filled out a "HC1" form as I'm a student which entitles me to free eye tests and vouchers for glasses or contact lenses from the NHS depending on how bad your eyes are, I'll find the link to the discounts and post it here.

I suggest you get that form from the pharmacy and fill it out as your a student, you will get other entitlements such as dental check up's as well. You should get a certificate of approval with 2-3 weeks which most opticians accept.

but my guess is that as your 19 now, you won't automatically get free eye test's, you'll have to fill the form out.
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Here's information about the HC1 form

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/HealthAndSupport/ArrangingHealthAndSocialCare/DG_4000514

Optical vouchers
Maximum value for each pair of glasses or contact lenses

• Single vision A £36.20
B
£55.10
C
£80.60
D
£182.00

Bifocal
E
£62.70
F
£79.70
G
£103.30
H
£200.10

Hospital Eye
I
£186.40
department

Complex lens – single vision
£13.70

Complex lens – bifocal
£34.60

the link to the prices are on this pdf http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_099155.pdf

Every year they seem to rise the value of the voucher by around a £1 so I'm guessing this April they will do the same.
#5
lilraul
I'm not sure, but I filled out a "HC1" form as I'm a student which entitles me to free eye tests and discount of glasses or contact lenses depending on how bad your eyes are, I'll find the link to the discounts and post it here.

I suggest you get that form from the pharmacy and fill it out as your a student, you will get other entitlements such as dental check up's as well. You should get a certificate of approval with 2-3 weeks which most opticians accept.

but my guess is that as your 19 now, you won't automatically get free eye test's, you'll have to fill the form out.

Thanks for all the info, repped :)
#6
also the opticians will tell you what band you are on after the test from those letters on my above post, I know that if your numbers are less then 6 then you are band A so you get £36.20 off glasses or contact lenses.
#7
So I fill out an HC1 form, and if my application is succesful, I receive an HC2 form, which allows me to receive free eye tests, and money off glasses/contact lenses :) Cool...
#8
InfernoZeus
So I fill out an HC1 form, and if my application is succesful, I receive an HC2 form, which allows me to receive free eye tests, and money off glasses/contact lenses :) Cool...


yup, that simple.

you will need to prove if your getting any money from work or student loan, if its a student loan then just photocopy your final assessment sheet and send that in with the form.

and and btw...if you not working and getting student loan, your application will be successful and will get maximum benefits available.
#9
if you wan to go to D&A for your test dont forget the voucher can be taken away and used anywhere as i dont think D&A are cheap for glasses. We go to specsavers as get exceptional service at the st helens branch-glasses from free, but about £25 for really nice ones.
banned#10
I never use high street opticians they are so expensive.

Tesco opticians are very good and the prices are very good also.
#11
I would recommed either spec savers(there ok and you get a cheap second pr for a different look) or believe it or not I have found ASDA opticians brilliant and now all my family go there for contacts and glasses.
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