Information & Advice
Your eyes play a vital role throughout your life, so it is worth caring for them.
Having an eye check is a key part of keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear.Book an eye check
A visit to the opticians not only helps identify potential problems with your eyesight before they develop but also provides a window to your overall health. That's because eyes can give an early indication of common health problems, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Checking children's eye sight is particularly crucial. Did you know 80% of their learning is through sight? Checking their eyes can also help prevent conditions like a lazy eye developing.
Even if you can see clearly, having an eye check at least every two years is recommended for adults because eyes change over time.
Getting children's eyes checked is important too, especially because they are still growing. They usually get their eyes checked when they are a year old by a health visitor. It is advisable to get them checked again at ages four or five, before starting school, then every year until they are 16. Watch our video to see what happens at a child's eye check.
A video guide to an adult's eye check
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A video guide to a child's eye check
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Our quick guide will tell you what to expect from your eye check appointment and help you get the most out of it:
Your appointment will usually begin with some preliminary checks:
To help us make the best recommendation for your visual needs, we will ask a few questions about your lifestyle, such as how often you use computer screens. You can download our Lifestyle questionnaire if you prefer to fill it in beforehand; please remember to bring it, and your glasses, to your appointment.
You will then spend about 30 minutes with your optometrist in their consulting room, where they will use a range of checks to look at various aspects of your eyesight:
Watch our video to see what happens at an adult's eye check.
By the end of your eye check, we will have enough information to recommend the best options for correcting your eyesight based on your individual needs.
We will talk you through the options and put together a personal eyecare recommendation for you, which will clearly explain what we have recommended and why, including details of any glasses or contact lenses you may need.
If you need glasses, we will help you choose the best lenses for your visual needs. A member of our opticians' team will then help you choose frames for your glasses with our Personal-Eyes experience.
Your personal eyecare recommendation will form part of a patient pack you can take away with you, so you can fully understand and feel in control of your eye health.
How much does an eye check at Boots Opticians cost?
A standard eye check costs £25 but certain groups of people, like children, may be eligible for an NHS funded eye check. Find out if you meet the criteria to have an NHS funded eye check here.