You’ve Got Questions - I’ve Got Answers
IS THE SIGHT TEST FREE?
NHS Scotland funds sight tests in Scotland. They pay us a fee for conducting the sight test, so there is no cost to the patient. There are prescribed intervals for different age groups and people with certain health and eye conditions. Sight tests where there is no presenting problem outside of these intervals are subject to a private charge.
WHERE SHOULD I GO IF I HAVE AN EYE PROBLEM?
In Scotland, the advice now is to present to an optometrist as first port of call for any eye problem. We have the necessary equipment to evaluate your presenting signs and symptoms accurately. We can then liaise with your GP, pharmacist or the Hospital Eye Service if indicated. Many eye problems can be managed by an optometrist. However, there are many more needing management in secondary care. Any eye problem should be investigated as soon as possible.
WILL I SEE THE SAME OPTOMETRIST?
Jonathan is the optometrist and owner of the practice. He will see you every year, giving you continuity of care and building up a close relationship with you. He will conduct all of the 'pre-tests' himself, that may be delegated elsewhere. This means he is well placed to evaluate your eye health with all the information immediately at hand.
HOW LONG ARE THE APPOINTMENTS?
For a primary eye test, we book 40 minute appointments. This means that you aren't rushed and we have the time to investigate all of your symptoms thoroughly. It also means we have time to discuss your findings, give you advice and answer any questions that you may have about your eye health and glasses.
WHAT IS THE VISUAL STANDARD FOR DRIVING?
For driving a private car, you must be able to read a number plate produced after 01/09/2001 from 20 metres. You also need to be able to read the 6/12 on an optometrist's eye chart. This can be with contact lenses, glasses or no correction. It can be done with both of your eyes open or one eye, if you have only sight in one eye. Your visual field must also be adequate. If you unsure of your legality to drive, then get an eye test immediately.