The National Health Service (NHS) also provides optical care services here in the UK. Specsavers is a large optical brand, which is found in major high street offer NHS optical services. Call the nearest specsavers next to you and book an appointment to have your eyes checked. Vision Express is another provider of NHS services and you can also contact them to book your appointments. An ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist who is trained to recognise abnormalities and conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma. Ophthalmic practitioners will prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses, and, if necessary, they will refer you to a GP or a hospital eye clinic for further investigations.
A visit to the opticians can take an estimate of an hour with the eye test taking about 30-45 mins. Following a detailed eye test, your optometrist is legally required to provide you with your optical prescription and the results of your eye tests.
Your will then take the prescription to the sales or counter staff and let them know if your require glasses or contact lenses. You should never feel obliged to purchase glasses or redeem an optical voucher from the premises where you had your eye test. Shop around for the best value and only purchase glasses or contact lenses when you are happy with the product and cost. There will be many options around your high street retail shops so feel free to pop in to see what styles and options you may get.