Private and NHS Examinations

  

Does Denham Opticians service only private patients?

At Denham opticians we are proud to offer both private and NHS funded eye examinations.

How much would an eye exam cost?

A private examination costs £30 which includes a retinal scan (see section on retinal photography for more details).

Do I get a free NHS eye examination?

A customer would be entitled to a NHS funded examination if they can satisfy the following criteria:

· Over the age of 60

· Under the age of 16

· In full time education aged 16, 17 or 18

· If they or their partner are in receipt of:

· Income support

· Pensions credit guarantee credit

· Income based job seekers allowance

· Tax credit and are named on a valid NHS tax credit certificate

· Named on a valid HC2 certificate

· Registered blind or partially sighted

· Suffers from diabetes or glaucoma

· Considered to be at risk from glaucoma by an ophthalmologist

· Over the age of 40 and is either the child, parent or sibling of someone who suffers from glaucoma

· Has been prescribe a complex prescription under the NHS voucher scheme

We provide a free retinal scan for all of our NHS customers where possible.

What would one need to do to receive such treatment if NHS funded?

We would have all the paper work at the practice, we would fill in the details and all we would need from the patient or respective parent/guardian or career, would be a signature on the relevant NHS form.

We process all the paper work ourselves and would not require anything else from the patient other than the proof of entitlement.

We would then be reimbursed by the NHS, so no money between us and the customer would need to take place with respect to the examination.

What about the cost of spectacles?

All of our spectacles are individually priced and this would depend on the type of frames chosen and the type of spectacle lenses required, we would need to asses each case accordingly.

We do have a wide range of frames to suit all styles and budgets starting from £50 including basic single vision lenses.

Would the NHS pay for the spectacles also?

If a customer receives certain benefits listed below, they would be entitled to spectacles from a selected range funded by the NHS and subsequently not incur any costs.

This does depend on the lens type also as the NHS would only cover the costs of single vision lenses or bifocals where required.

The customer is of course entitled to choose any frame or lenses of their choice subject to paying the difference.

The customer would be entitled to NHS funded spectacles if they are:

· Under the age of 16

· In full time education aged 16, 17 or 18

· If they or their partner are in receipt of:

· Income support

· Pensions credit guarantee credit

· Income based job seekers allowance

· Tax credit and are named on a valid NHS tax credit certificate

Named on a valid HC2 certificate (depending on the contribution partially or full entitlement may be appropriate)