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Opticians & opthamologists

All children under 16 (or under 18 if in full-time education) are entitled to a free NHS sight test and an NHS optical voucher that can be used to help pay towards the cost of the glasses. The eye tests can be carried out at any high street optician such as Boots, D&A or SpecSavers.

Optician is a general term that covers both optometrists and dispensing opticians.
Optometrists or ophthalmic medical practitioners carry out sight tests to check the quality of your vision and eye health. They are trained to recognise abnormalities and diseases in the eye, such as cataract and glaucoma. They look for signs of eye disease, which may need treatment from a doctor or eye surgeon, and prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses.

Dispensing opticians fit glasses and contact lenses, but do not test eyes. They can give you advice on types of lens, such as single-vision or bifocal, and help you choose the frames.

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