Specsavers Laser Eye Surgery
Specsavers are a popular chain of opticians. Indeed, over 30% of spectacle wearers in the UK use this firm as their supplier. For this reason Specsavers are also one of the first companies people interested in having laser eye surgery turn to for information.
Does Specsavers Perform Laser Eye Surgery?
Specsavers do not actually carry out laser eye surgery in any of their clinics although their opticians will be able to advise their customers on what the procedure involves.
Even though Specsavers do not offer laser eyes surgery, there are a range of other reputable clinics that do. Contact us to compare laser eye surgery prices. Here's a guide to the UK's top laser eye surgery providers.
Specsavers Eye Test
One of the main services Specsavers provides are eye examinations. These detailed tests include a number of procedures including; non contact tonometers to check for glaucoma, an autorefractor which measures how well your eyes focus, reading a test chart, an ophthalmoscopic examination to check for diabetes, and a slit lamp to check for damage to the outer surface of your eye.
These tests are combined with a detailed health and lifestyle questionnaire to allow the optician to get a full overview of your eye health. They will then discuss your needs and if you do require glasses you will get passed to a dispensing colleague to help you choose an appropriate pair. The eye test costs between £20-£25.
NHS Funded Eye Test
In order to qualify for a free NHS funded eye examination one or more of the following criteria must apply.
- 16, 17 and 18 in full-time education
- Over 60
- Registered as partially sighted or blind
- Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
- Advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma
- Aged 40 or over and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
- Receive Income Support
- Receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) certificate
- Prisoner on leave from prison
- Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher
If you do qualify then the NHS will fund the full cost of the eye examination and in some cases also give an optical voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses.
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What Does Your Prescription Mean?
SPH (sphere) - A “+” in the box indicates that you are long sighted and a “–” means that you are short sighted. The number can vary from 0.10 to 6.00 for example, but the higher the number the stronger the prescription is.
CYL (cylinder) - This box indicates the amount of visual distortion (astigmatism) you have caused by an irregular shaped cornea. If the box is empty then your eyes are perfectly shaped. A low number (0.20) indicates that your eyes are nearly round and a higher number (3.00) means that your eyes have an oval shape.
AXIS - This number tells the optician what angle to position your lenses in the frame.
PRISM - This box indicates whether or not your eyes work well in a pair. If there is an imbalance, prism lenses will correct this and prevent double vision.
BASE - This number tells the optician where to position the prism lenses.
OD - This stand for oculus dexter, which is latin for right eye.
OS - This stands for oculus sinister, which is latin for left eye.
Now that you know your prescription, you can either chose glasses, contact lenses or find out more about laser eye surgery. All prescriptions are suitable for laser eye surgery however if you're short-sighted -0.5, long-sighted +0.5 or have astigmatism 0.5, you will need to visit an optometrist to determine your suitability.
Specsavers are particularly well known for their full range of glasses, including some brands which are exclusive to the company. Their men's range includes over 1,500 different frame styles, while their women's range comprises of even more. Their collection is updated every three months and prices start from as little as £25.
The Specsavers designer range of glasses includes big names such as Emporio Armani, Timberland and Jasper Conran, while for the fashion conscious customer, Specsavers has teamed up with ASOS to showcase how their glasses can transform a look. They also offer petite glasses for people with narrower faces, prescription sunglasses and glasses for children. Furthermore, all their glasses, regardless of price, come with PENTAX lenses and a scratch-resistant treatment.
Specsavers Contact Lenses
Specsavers offer a range of different contact lenses from well-known brands such as Focus Dailies and Acuvue, and for customers who are new to contact lenses, their opticians will help you choose which option is best. This includes a try before you buy service in which the company provide you with one pair of monthly lenses or five pairs of disposables to try for free.
The contact lenses you then go on to purchase can either be bought in store or online whilst taking advantage of the company's free delivery service. The online option is also supported by a special customer service line to help resolve any issues.
Are You Eligible For Laser Eye Surgery?
Whether or not you make a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery depends on a number of factors, so it’s important to go for a consultation to determine which type of treatment is best for you.
However, before you arrange a discussion, you can start by gaining an understanding of some of the basic criteria. For example, if you are over 18 years of age (there is no upper age limit for surgery), have healthy eyes and you can see well with your current glasses or contact lenses, you are likely to be a good candidate for treatment. Regarding the latter point, your prescription should generally be between -14.00D to +7.25D, and up to -6.00 CYL. Aside from your visual impairment, your eyes should be healthy, meaning you should not suffer from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, dry eyes or Blepharitis. You should also be in good general health, meaning you don’t currently suffer from any vascular disease, autoimmune disease, or take any prescription medication that may weaken your immune system.
The thickness of your cornea will play a large part in whether you are deemed a suitable candidate for LASIK; you must have a minimum thickness of approximately 0.5 mm in order to be able to withstand the laser treatment.