Our locator makes it easy to find an optician in your local area. Simply tap the geolocation symbol next to the address field, and your current location will automatically appear. If you want to find an optician in a different location, you may enter a street address or postcode manually.
Our locator practice listings provide an address, phone number, and mapped driving directions. Some enhanced listings include list of services, office hours, photos and more.
Some opticians provide the ability to begin the appointment scheduling process online, and some include a calendar of available dates. To contact other practices, a tap-to-call button is provided.
Routine sight tests are essential for children throughout their school years because experts say more than 80 percent of the information children receive in classrooms is presented visually.
Children with risk factors of vision problems may need their first sight test earlier than 6 months of age and may need more frequent tests throughout childhood.
To find and contact practices offering paediatric sight tests, select “Paediatric Specialist” under “Specialities” in the filter menu. Other specialities for which you can filter for are: Cornea and Contact Lens Specialist, Glaucoma Specialist, Binocular Vision Specialist, Geriatric Specialist, Diabetic Specialist, and Dry Eye Specialist.
Yes. In the United Kingdom, you must have a vision prescription before being dispensed glasses.. Most people get their vision prescription during a sight test with an optician. Often, people get more than one pair of glasses following a sight test -, prescription sunglasses, computer glasses and contact lenses. Something you may not know? Glasses and contact lens prescriptions are different.
Yes. Our locator includes opticians, e glasses or contact lenses and websites where you can purchase eyewear online. It’s your choice where – and how – you want to purchase your glasses or contact lenses. Some people want an opticians guidance when selecting lenses, frames and checking the fit of contact lenses. Other people prefer to choose from a broad selection of frame styles in practice or research options online before selecting eyewear that can be tried on in your home or office.
Here are descriptions of these professions as they are practiced in the United Kingdom:
An optometrist is a registered eyecare professional who performs comprehensive sight tests, prescribes glasses and contact lens prescriptions, and provides pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing LASIK and other eye surgery performed by an ophthalmologist. Optometrists are also trained to diagnose and treat eye infections and other eye problems and diseases,such as glaucoma. Some optometrists also provide low vision services, vision therapy and other eye care services. An optometrist must successfully complete an undergraduate degree in optometry with many completing a postgraduate residency with advanced study in a specific area of eye care.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor or osteopathic doctor who specialises in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists perform sight tests, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medication and perform eye surgery. They can also write prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses.
A Dispensing Optician is not an Optometrist or Ophthalomologist and therefore cannot perform sight tests; diagnose or treat eye and vision problems; or write prescriptions for glasses, contact lenses or medications. Dispensing opticians are fully trained to measure, fit and dispense glasses that are prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist; they also fit and sell sunglasses and other non-prescription eyewear. All registered dispensing opticians are fully trained and thereby very skilled practitioners, simply look for &/ or ask a dispensing optician if they have the FBDO qualification. Some dispensing opticians choose to undergo further education in speciality areas such as contact lenses to become contact lens opticians (CLOs) which enables them to fit and check contact lenses. Other speciality areas include low vision assessment for patients with limited vision.
First, book a sight test to get your vision and eye health checked. You’ll get a prescription if your vision needs to be corrected. Then, select and purchase your lenses, frames and/or contact lenses at your optician’s practice. Alternatively, your needs may be met by an online retailer selling glasses or contact lenses.
Even if you don’t need glasses or contacts, your sight test is very important as it can turn up a host of health issues, such as diabetes and even cancer. optician regularly, much as you see a dentist who of course cares for your teeth, should be part of your regular overall health check-up.
Most opticians recommend that you have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors and whether you currently wear corrective lenses.
If your eyes are healthy and don't require specialised medical or surgical treatment, the optician you choose for a routine sight test is a matter of personal preference.
Choosing an eye care provider is an important health care decision. After all, you will be trusting your optician to safeguard your sight and help you maintain a lifetime of good vision.
Still searching for an optician ? If you haven't found exactly what you want, try using our drop-downs and filters to find exactly what you're seeking.
Or just call one of the nearby opticians and talk to a real person (during business hours, of course).