Free Eye Tests for over 40's.
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Free Eye Tests for over 40's.

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Found 21st Jul 2008
I'm not sure if this is a 'Deal' or a 'Freebie' but if you are over 40 and there is a history of glaucoma in your 'near' family (mother, father, sister, brother) you are eligible for free eye tests. As our vision is precious everyone should have theirs checked regularly but as certain people are at greater risk of developing glaucoma (over 40's, Afro-Caribbeans, diabetics), it is a bonus that they can be checked for free. This deal/freebie is not just at Boots but at any Optomotrists.

Also available to the following:

* anyone under 16 years of age, or 16, 17, or 18 years of age and in full time education,
* anyone 60 years of age, or over,
* anyone registered as blind, or partially sighted,
* anyone already diagnosed with diabetes, or glaucoma,
* anyone advised by an opthalmologist (a doctor who specialises in eye conditions) that you are at risk of glaucoma, or
* anyone receiving certain benefits, or credits (Income Support, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, or anyone named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate.)

- Premier

* anyone advised by an opthalmologist (a doctor who specialises in eye conditions) that you are at risk of glaucoma applies to those 40 years or older
- Premier

13 Comments

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But a reminder that all eye tests in Scotland are free already.

Anyone got a direct link to this? or is it instore only?

What's the P & P ? :-D

tescos is free also.

Do they do it while you wait:p

Aren't they free for everyone with a history of glaucoma, like they are for diabetics?

healthyeyes.org.uk/ind…102

Always has been. This is NOT a deal - its part o the NHS regulations!
On purely a scientific note, the increased risk of developing glaucoma with one first line family member with it, is actually not that high. The relative *increased* risk is only less than 10%. ie you are 90% likely NOT to develop it. (Approx 1% of people in the general population over 40 have glaucoma rising to 7-9% of the population over the age of 80 - so yes it;s another ageing thing!) If caught ***early**** it is is stoppable and nobody goes blind. Unfortunately people present late as there are NO symptoms (of the chronic types, there are with the acute types) and the onset is very insidious.Note there are approx 15-20 different types of glaucoma!

The NHS "sight test" is NOT an eye exaimation. I is a VERY basic check on the spectacle prescription, and a cursory glance at the back of the eye. For a real eye examination ask your optometrist about all of the other exam techniques that are available to him.

The Practice will get paid 19 pounds for arond 1/2 of his/her time. This no where near covers the cost of the rctice overheas (staffing/rates/rent.businees tax /light/heat/phone bill/equipment etc etc etc

Now I wonder why we complain about specs being expensive... Doh!!! Someone pays somewhere it;s a simple business decision.

Some enlightened Optometrists are now charging properly for their time and doing a "[email protected] concert by paying monthly for their services. Spec costs then drop by 30 or so percent.

If you think specs are currently expensive try going abroad to France. Roughly 10-20% more expensive for the same product!!

Oh, an whilst I'm on a little rant, do try to support your smaller local Practices as they have complete and TOTAL independece and will give *you* control over the best eyecare product for you. The High street main 5 will not. They will give you what the manager/head office say you have to have that week as it;s the best "deal" for them, not necessarily though the best lens/contact lens for you. There is no independent thought on behalf of the profesional and just like in any other area of life there are "lenses" and lenses and "frames and frames.

You only have one pair - please look after them.

I declare an interest in being a fiercely independent Optometrist and in addition one with a specialist interest in glaucoma and contact lenses!!

ps KIngy58 and moderators, the Picture used is I think under copyright - it is the cover of a reently published Orthopic text book!!. Best remove it before someone/ the publisher notices!

Thanks

Free at Tescos for everyone - voted cold

thank you will benefit my family

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Free at Tescos for everyone - voted cold



Yer but do you have to buy your glasses there:? a lot of places are free but you have to buy your glasses from them or pay for the test:whistling:

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ps KIngy58 and moderators, the Picture used is I think under copyright - … ps KIngy58 and moderators, the Picture used is I think under copyright - it is the cover of a reently published Orthopic text book!!. Best remove it before someone/ the publisher notices!Thanks


Its public domain; gg.rhul.ac.uk/ict…jpg or search 'Eyes' in Google Pictures and you'll see for yourself.
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