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NHS Eye examinations

The NHS fund a standard eye examination for some patients. At Aves in Epping, we aim to offer the most comprehensive eye examination we can, but because NHS funding is limited, additional investigations such as 3D retinal scans entail a fee. These are detailed later in this section. Any additional fees that you may incur will be explained in advance.The NHS do not fund any emergency eye care.

Who is entitled to an NHS eye examination?

NHS-funded eye examinations are available to the following groups:

  • Under 16s
  • Under 19s, still in full time education
  • Over 60s
  • Those receiving income support
  • Those receiving family tax credit
  • Those receiving job seekers allowance
  • Those in possession of a current HC1 certificate
  • People with diabetes
  • People with glaucoma
  • People registered blind or partially sighted
  • People over 40 with a direct relative who has glaucoma
  • People whose prescription has complex lenses

Please note that the NHS will not fund unlimited eye examinations for any individual. The standard period between examinations is two years, unless your optometrist advises you of a clinical reason for more frequent visits. If you have any concerns about your eyes or vision, but are not due for your routine eye examination, please contact the practice and we will tell you whether a further NHS-funded eye examination can be carried out.

Private Fees

Our fees for private consultations, investigations and treatments are as follows:

Eye Examinations

Standard eye examination under 40
£40
Standard eye examination 40 and over
£50
Enhanced eye examination (includes OCT scan) under 40
£75
Enhanced eye examination (includes OCT scan) 40 and over
£85
Enhanced eye examination (includes OCT scan) NHS
£45

Emergency Examinations

Red eye assessment
£25
Emergency Dilation
£50
Emergency Tonometry
£25

Supplementary Examinations

Dry eye assessment
£45
Diabetic retinopathy examination and report
£60
Specialised visual fields
£60
Coloured overlay assessment
£60
Colorimetry
£60
Punctal occlusion (Collagen plug)
£75
Punctal occlusion (Silicone plug)
£150
Letter / report
£20
IFS stereograms
£40

Contact Lens Fees

New contact lens fitting
£40
New complex contact lens fitting
£70
Contact lens aftercare (all types)
£40
Additional contact lens follow up
£25