Free Eye Test at Vision Express until 31.10.17
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Free Eye Test at Vision Express until 31.10.17

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Found 9th Sep 2017
Vision Express are supporting National Eye Test week in Sepetember and are offering free eye tests until end of October. Book an appointment online and when you get the confirmation email through, it will have a free eye test voucher in the email which you print/show at your appointment to claim the free eye test.
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All opticians are obliged to give you your prescription.

But they they need to be 'reminded' of their obligations....
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Tesco has been free for some time, every little helps....
michaeloswell33 m ago

Tesco has been free for some time, every little helps....


I can still see this getting hot though
Do they give you the prescription to take away?
Naith1 h, 22 m ago

Do they give you the prescription to take away?

Ill only use this if they do lol
As they know their customers have eysight problems, their £15 glasses are marked at £150!
I couldn't find a decent pair in double figures.
tan1598 m ago

As they know their customers have eysight problems, their £15 glasses are …As they know their customers have eysight problems, their £15 glasses are marked at £150!I couldn't find a decent pair in double figures.


I found them very reasonable. All the "premium name" brands were around £120-£200. I didn't think much of their double digit frames either, but I think it depends on your budget & also if you will wear them 24/7 (I'm short sighted so willing to pay 3 figures as I need to wear constantly). If you only wear to read, I would feel differently!
What to I need to select for contact lens prescription? I have normal lens prescription.
Edited by: "shu123" 10th Sep 2017
Naith7 h, 40 m ago

Do they give you the prescription to take away?

Not sure. My wife was given a prescription with the pair of glasses she purchased from them-which was handy, as only 2 months later she needed it to purchase some more after losing her £130 (that had £50 off!!)glasses from them. Found the identical ones at Specsforless for nearly £50 cheaper.
I've always been given a copy of the prescription at Vision Express even if not purchasing any glasses.
All opticians are obliged to give you your prescription.

But they they need to be 'reminded' of their obligations....
If you are in receipt of NHS help towards buying your glasses, make it clear to VE when making your appointment that you'll want the prescription and voucher for use at any optician. My son had a VE eye test, didn't like any of their kids glasses, but because it was an optician conducting the check who was "not yet registered with the NHS", we couldn't be issued with his NHS voucher to take elsewhere. Ended up having another nhs eye test a week later in the opticians where there were glasses he liked. VEs defence was they do it all the time as NHS registration takes ages & the company shoulders the cost until their staff have the paperwork through. Just wish they'd been up front about it rather than waste my time.
michaeloswell13 h, 17 m ago

Tesco has been free for some time, every little helps....


Strangely enough Vision Express owns Tesco Opticians.
bylromarha2 h, 43 m ago

If you are in receipt of NHS help towards buying your glasses, make it …If you are in receipt of NHS help towards buying your glasses, make it clear to VE when making your appointment that you'll want the prescription and voucher for use at any optician. My son had a VE eye test, didn't like any of their kids glasses, but because it was an optician conducting the check who was "not yet registered with the NHS", we couldn't be issued with his NHS voucher to take elsewhere. Ended up having another nhs eye test a week later in the opticians where there were glasses he liked. VEs defence was they do it all the time as NHS registration takes ages & the company shoulders the cost until their staff have the paperwork through. Just wish they'd been up front about it rather than waste my time.


The fact that the optometrist was not NHS registered actually means that they cannot conduct NHS tests, let alone issue vouchers (NHS tests being those for kids, over 60's, diabetics, family history of glaucoma etc...). Your son couldn't have had a test from a non NHS approved optom, which means either the story was confused or they were doing something shady. Equally you shouldn't have been able to have another NHS test a week later - there are minimum interval periods except for special circumstances.
Edited by: "ostinato" 10th Sep 2017
ostinato2 h, 3 m ago

The fact that the optometrist was not NHS registered actually means that …The fact that the optometrist was not NHS registered actually means that they cannot conduct NHS tests, let alone issue vouchers (NHS tests being those for kids, over 60's, diabetics, family history of glaucoma etc...). Your son couldn't have had a test from a non NHS approved optom, which means either the story was confused or they were doing something shady. Equally you shouldn't have been able to have another NHS test a week later - there are minimum interval periods except for special circumstances.


Sorry, but thats not really true. It's entirely possible for the son to have had a sight test by an optometrist who is not NHS registered. The child will have been seen on a "private sight test" basis.
Any optometrist registered with the General Optical Council (the regulatory body for optometrists in the UK), can conduct a sight test on any patient in the UK.
What is true, is that only those optometrists who are NHS registered can provide an NHS sight test and issue a NHS voucher towards spectacles.
In this case a non NHS registered optometrist will have seen the patient privately, and therefore couldn't issue a NHS voucher. Should have been explained at the outset by Vision Express though.
UK lens prices are a rip off; 20 years ago the lens was cheap, but the frames were stupidly overpriced, so the government took action to stop the big opticians selling frames with a 40,000 % mark-up.

So they brought the frame prices down and marked the lenses up 40,000% !!!!!

Last VE eye test I was quoted nearly £300 for a basic plastic lens for my eyes, plus whatever I had left to spend on a frame; I took my prescription out to China with me and had coated glass lenses and a titanium frame - with a lifetime guarantee - for £110; so every time I go out to visit the inlaws, I pop in and have them cleaned and serviced.
Gentle_Giant1 h, 16 m ago

UK lens prices are a rip off; 20 years ago the lens was cheap, but the …UK lens prices are a rip off; 20 years ago the lens was cheap, but the frames were stupidly overpriced, so the government took action to stop the big opticians selling frames with a 40,000 % mark-up.So they brought the frame prices down and marked the lenses up 40,000% !!!!!Last VE eye test I was quoted nearly £300 for a basic plastic lens for my eyes, plus whatever I had left to spend on a frame; I took my prescription out to China with me and had coated glass lenses and a titanium frame - with a lifetime guarantee - for £110; so every time I go out to visit the inlaws, I pop in and have them cleaned and serviced.


And it costs companies like Specsavers around £2 to have those lenses cut. Insane markup.
tomwenn18 m ago

And it costs companies like Specsavers around £2 to have those lenses cut. …And it costs companies like Specsavers around £2 to have those lenses cut. Insane markup.



I do wonder if they have them cut in China and then shipped over - as they always try to claim it takes a week to get the cheaper lenses made.
The optician I use in Nanning use exactly the same machines as they use for the 2 hour service at Specsavers. (I am nosy, and they are too polite/scared to tell me to get out of the machine room).
i can't read this....what does it say ?........
I get my sight test from Boots or VE, usually get a free retina photo, and then take my prescription to Global Eye Glasses where I can get designer-looking frames with top quality lenses for under £70, even including photochromics you pay under £80.
Gentle_Giant4 h, 5 m ago

I do wonder if they have them cut in China and then shipped over - as they …I do wonder if they have them cut in China and then shipped over - as they always try to claim it takes a week to get the cheaper lenses made.The optician I use in Nanning use exactly the same machines as they use for the 2 hour service at Specsavers. (I am nosy, and they are too polite/scared to tell me to get out of the machine room).


They outsource the lenses to independent businesses in the UK. They are scaling down their in-house production, so they don't need to maintain their own machinery. This I know.
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michaeloswell21 h, 59 m ago

Tesco has been free for some time, every little helps....

Some people don't like Tesco so another option appreciated.
michaeloswell22 h, 27 m ago

Tesco has been free for some time, every little helps....



deeperthought28 m ago

Some people don't like Tesco so another option appreciated.


Tesco has sold off their opticians business to Vision Express so expect some changes.

Far, far better is to take your free prescription to an ASDA optician.

ASDA supply thin lenses for no extra cost if your prescription needs it (on a sliding scale, so the worse your eyesight the thinner the lens).

The last pair I bought from them was £50 including coated 1.7 index lenses.
Naith21 h, 58 m ago

Do they give you the prescription to take away?

They are supposed to. I know a few opticians that don't give the prescription automatically. You are well within your rights to ask for the prescription and take it elsewhere for spectacles regardless if the sight test was conducted privately, free or conducted free on the NHS. Either way your entitled to it.
shu12320 h, 47 m ago

What to I need to select for contact lens prescription? I have normal lens …What to I need to select for contact lens prescription? I have normal lens prescription.


If you have a normal/glasses prescription, whoever is doing your contact lenses should be able to take that and convert it for you.


Naith22 h, 31 m ago

Do they give you the prescription to take away?



They are obligated to, so just ask for it if they don't offer it. I didn't have to ask last time I went to Vision Express, unlike Specsavers.


tan15920 h, 59 m ago

As they know their customers have eysight problems, their £15 glasses are …As they know their customers have eysight problems, their £15 glasses are marked at £150!I couldn't find a decent pair in double figures.



That's a pretty normal price for any high street optician. Last time I paid that sort of money I got some nice designer frames and quality lenses that lasted me 10 years until my prescription changed. My next pair of glasses were £30 from Glasses Direct and they've been awful - frames are okay but the lenses are terrible, really hard to keep clean and I'm not sure they're the right prescription as I get an almost instant headache when using them. I'm using this free eye test to double check my prescription and then hopefully get some better quality glasses that cost somewhere in between, although I'm considering laser eye surgery so might just put the money towards that instead.


POWYSWALES20 h, 54 m ago

Test your eyes here using an answer grid. …Test your eyes here using an answer grid. http://thinkaboutyoureyes.com/articles/eye-problems-diseases/amsler-grid



That's an Amselr grid (not answer grid) and it's used to test for macular degeneration - it's not going to give you your prescription. In fact, if you need glasses you need to wear them to do that test and it clearly states "using the chart doesn't mean you should skip annual visits to your eye doctor, because you can easily miss signs that only a trained eye care practitioner will find" and "The chart below is an approximation of the printed chart used by eye doctors. For more accurate detection of macular damage, you will need a comprehensive eye exam."
I took this offer up, not expecting anything much; but they put lenses in my own Paul Smith frames at half the price of the other quotes I received, and then they did a free contact lens consultation, and because I had the Paul Smith's done through them, gave me the toric lenses for half price (just as a second pair of spectacles would have been). So lenses in my own frames and six months of toric lenses for about £130 - that's a good deal by any standards. So they've gained at least one customer
Gentle_Giant10 h, 16 m ago

UK lens prices are a rip off; 20 years ago the lens was cheap, but the …UK lens prices are a rip off; 20 years ago the lens was cheap, but the frames were stupidly overpriced, so the government took action to stop the big opticians selling frames with a 40,000 % mark-up.So they brought the frame prices down and marked the lenses up 40,000% !!!!!Last VE eye test I was quoted nearly £300 for a basic plastic lens for my eyes, plus whatever I had left to spend on a frame; I took my prescription out to China with me and had coated glass lenses and a titanium frame - with a lifetime guarantee - for £110; so every time I go out to visit the inlaws, I pop in and have them cleaned and serviced.

You do realise there are costs involved in running businesses?! They can't give free /virtually free eye test and then not make profit on the sale of the specs?! How could they survive as a business?!
Until people are willing to pay a fair going rate for their eye tests then the costs of providing eye care will always have to be subsidised by glasses sales. In terms of what a fair going rate is, the average cost per hour of running a testing room is roughly £300. (That's excluding dispensing opticians costs etc)
fleischyy6 m ago

You do realise there are costs involved in running businesses?! They can't …You do realise there are costs involved in running businesses?! They can't give free /virtually free eye test and then not make profit on the sale of the specs?! How could they survive as a business?! Until people are willing to pay a fair going rate for their eye tests then the costs of providing eye care will always have to be subsidised by glasses sales. In terms of what a fair going rate is, the average cost per hour of running a testing room is roughly £300. (That's excluding dispensing opticians costs etc)


Agreed with the running a business cost, but I work in the industry and trust me 300£ per hour is waaaaaay too much!
shu12323 h, 50 m ago

What to I need to select for contact lens prescription? I have normal lens …What to I need to select for contact lens prescription? I have normal lens prescription.

You'll need to book a contact lens consultation and free contact lens trial. You can only do this though if your eye test prescription is less than a year old.
reddragon1056 h, 23 m ago

If you have a normal/glasses prescription, whoever is doing your contact …If you have a normal/glasses prescription, whoever is doing your contact lenses should be able to take that and convert it for you.They are obligated to, so just ask for it if they don't offer it. I didn't have to ask last time I went to Vision Express, unlike Specsavers.That's a pretty normal price for any high street optician. Last time I paid that sort of money I got some nice designer frames and quality lenses that lasted me 10 years until my prescription changed. My next pair of glasses were £30 from Glasses Direct and they've been awful - frames are okay but the lenses are terrible, really hard to keep clean and I'm not sure they're the right prescription as I get an almost instant headache when using them. I'm using this free eye test to double check my prescription and then hopefully get some better quality glasses that cost somewhere in between, although I'm considering laser eye surgery so might just put the money towards that instead.That's an Amselr grid (not answer grid) and it's used to test for macular degeneration - it's not going to give you your prescription. In fact, if you need glasses you need to wear them to do that test and it clearly states "using the chart doesn't mean you should skip annual visits to your eye doctor, because you can easily miss signs that only a trained eye care practitioner will find" and "The chart below is an approximation of the printed chart used by eye doctors. For more accurate detection of macular damage, you will need a comprehensive eye exam."

Let's hope they don't laser your eyes to the equivalent of the Glasses Direct lenses!
I'm with the poster about costs of running a business, though I'm sceptical of their numbers.

What I do know is that the markup on glasses is huge. It's just one of those industries where it's accepted. Jewellery is the same.

On the flip side this gives good opportunity for discounting, which is seen with independent and Internet retailers.

One measurement you won't usually get (because they are not obliged to give you it as part of your prescription) is the distance between your pupils. So best thing is to be bold and ask them to write it on the card for you. You've then got all the info you need if you want to order from the Internet.

If you're really bold, you could always pop into the optician when you get your delivery, ask to pay for the frames to be adjusted /fitted to you. Some will say they only adjust their own frames (fair enough) but if you say you've made a mistake buying them as a spare pair and are happy to pay then they might agree, especially if you show interest in buying a new pair from them.
Eye tests are free anyway - once every two years.
Worth going as they do an enhanced checkup as part of the NHS contract.
Edited by: "wildecat" 11th Sep 2017
Moshards9 h, 50 m ago

So lenses in my own frames and six months of toric lenses for about £130 - …So lenses in my own frames and six months of toric lenses for about £130 - that's a good deal by any standards.


It is not a bad deal from a rip-off high street opticians. However six months supply of toric lenses from Tesco is £68 so unless the lenses were something fancy, £62 sounds expensive (as I mentioned before ASDA will supply a complete set of spectacles with thin coated lenses for £50.
wildecat1 h, 18 m ago

Eye tests are free anyway - once every two years.Worth going as they do an …Eye tests are free anyway - once every two years.Worth going as they do an enhanced checkup as part of the NHS contract.


Not in England they aren't, unless you are a child, an OAP, or poor.
Edited by: "Altarf" 11th Sep 2017
eande219 h, 24 m ago

Sorry, but thats not really true. It's entirely possible for the son to …Sorry, but thats not really true. It's entirely possible for the son to have had a sight test by an optometrist who is not NHS registered. The child will have been seen on a "private sight test" basis.Any optometrist registered with the General Optical Council (the regulatory body for optometrists in the UK), can conduct a sight test on any patient in the UK.What is true, is that only those optometrists who are NHS registered can provide an NHS sight test and issue a NHS voucher towards spectacles.In this case a non NHS registered optometrist will have seen the patient privately, and therefore couldn't issue a NHS voucher. Should have been explained at the outset by Vision Express though.

This is true. However, once you have had a private eye exam, you are not then entitled to a free NHS exam within the normal NHS approved timeframes. It's a peculiarity of the rules.
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Jozyjo11 h, 55 m ago

Agreed with the running a business cost, but I work in the industry and …Agreed with the running a business cost, but I work in the industry and trust me 300£ per hour is waaaaaay too much!


Agree with this. bought some sunglasses recently and wanted prescription lens and was quoted around 200-250 from all UK opticians/retailers.

Got them done abroad for 30 pounds with the blue coating, anti glare etc etc.
kalico8 h, 49 m ago

Let's hope they don't laser your eyes to the equivalent of the Glasses …Let's hope they don't laser your eyes to the equivalent of the Glasses Direct lenses!


It's a scary thought but I know a few people who have had it done and they all say it's the best thing they've ever done and they only wish they'd done it sooner. My left eye is almost 20 vision without glasses but my right eye is incredibly long sighted (+2.50), so even with glasses there's this weird feeling of imbalance, like I'm only using my left eye for everything, so the plan is just get my right eye lasered - it'll be cheaper and, if anyone does go wrong, at least it can't be much worse than it already is. If it can be improved to the level of my left eye I'll be happy - if it's even better, I'll consider having the left eye done as well (unless it's strongly advised to just have both eyes done at the same time).
Jozyjo18 h, 14 m ago

Agreed with the running a business cost, but I work in the industry and …Agreed with the running a business cost, but I work in the industry and trust me 300£ per hour is waaaaaay too much!

That's what the AIO were quoting a few years ago, all the places I've worked at have been around £175ish per hour (I'm a London optom)
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