Why should I have an eye examination?


 At Allister Opticians eye examinations are carried out by trained professionals (Optometrists) who will ensure your eyes feel comfortable and see as clear as possible during your daily tasks. Regular eye examinations provide a vital health check for your eyes and can detect early signs of eye conditions before you're aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough. As well as detecting eye problems an eye examination can pick up problems in your general health including diabetes, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol.



Why choose Allister Opticians?

 Our examinations last 30 minutes and all sections of the test are carried out by a fully trained Optometrist. This means your examination will be carried out to a high standard to ensure your vision and eye health are looked after thoroughly. We do not cut corners when it comes to looking after your eyes. 


How often should I have an eye examination?


 At Allister Opticians we generally recommend our patients to have eye examinations every two years. However, in certain cases we may advise you to have more regular assessments. For example, if you:

  • Are a child
  • Have diabetes
  • Are aged 40 or over with a family history of glaucoma
  • Are aged 70 or over



When should children have an eye examination?


 All babies will have their eyes checked at birth and again 6 weeks later by a GP or health visitor. All children should also be assessed during their first year at school. After this it is important they are seen regularly at least every two years by their local optician. Children often don't complain about their site but sometimes their behaviour can show up potential problems. For example:


  • Sitting close to the TV
  • Rubbing their eyes
  • Holding objects very close to their face
  • Blinking a lot
  • One eye turning in or out


 If you notice your child showing any of these signs it is important that you to bring them in to see us so we can check them. The earlier a problem is detected the better the outcome.



Can you assess my child if they haven't learnt to read or write yet?


 Children do not have to be able to read to have their eyes tested. We can see whether your child has a squint or needs glasses using tests and equipment appropriate for their age, without asking them any questions. Eye examinations do not hurt. Sometimes we do have to put drops into your child’s eyes so that they can be tested to see if they need glasses and the backs of the eyes are healthy. If this is the case for your child, it will be discussed with you in advance as these drops do sting for a few seconds.



Can I have an eye test from home?


 At Allister Opticians we can provide NHS home visit eye examinations if you fall in to one of the criteria below:


  • If you are unable to leave home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
  • If you are a resident at a residential or care home and are unable to leave the home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
  • If you are at a day centre and cannot get a sight test at an optician's practice because of physical or mental illness, disability or because of difficulties in communicating your health needs unaided.


Can I try contact lenses?


 Here at Allister Opticians we have a very experienced Contact Lens Optician in Cheryl Moon. She can fit a variety of contact lenses and will ensure you get the right lens for your needs. Even if you've struggled with contact lenses in the past, it could be worth a second try as we are able to get in the most advanced lenses available to help solve problems caused by astigmatism, blurred vision and dry eyes. To arrange an appointment with Cheryl please contact our practice.