SPECIALISTS offering NHS services in & around
Children are entitled to free NHS funded sight tests if:
They are aged under 16
They are aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
We have listed three eye care specialists in and around Canary Wharf who offer free NHS sight tests to children meeting the above criteria: David Clulow in Cabot Square and Jubilee Place, Vision Express and Asda.
Moorfields Eye Hopsital, the leading provider of eye health services in the UK, is located in Old Street, East London.
We have also highlighted at the bottom of this page the difference between an Ophthalmologist, an Optometrist and an Optician, which should hopefully give you clarity into who you are dealing with.
According to a report by the Association of Optometrists, 1 in 5 children have an undetected eye problem. Needless to say, this can be very damaging to the child’s educational development.
As with any medical procedure, an eye test, can be daunting to a child the first time around, however we have modified the process to be more fun and child-friendly whilst ensuring we get as much information as we can from their eyes.
WHERE 7 Canada Place, Canary Wharf Shopping Centre
Good vision is very important to children because so much of what they learn is taken in through their eyes, so it’s never too soon to start your child’s eye care. Most infants and pre-school children have regular vision screening as part of their routine developmental checks. These early checks are invaluable, but aren’t as thorough as a full eye examination by a qualified optician.
Children aged over 5 and under 16 qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. They also qualify for an NHS optical voucher for glasses. All you need is to show their birth certificate in-store as proof that they qualify.
WHERE Bank Street, Jubilee Place Shopping Centre
WHERE East Ferry Road, Isle of Dogs
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of eye health services in the UK.
Our main focus is the treatment and care of NHS patients with a wide range of eye problems, from common complaints to rare conditions that require treatment not available elsewhere in the UK. The volume and variety of conditions treated by our clinicians means that they have a unique range of skills and knowledge.
WHERE 162 City Road, Old Street
An ophthalmologist — Eye M.D. — is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. As a medical doctor who has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research on the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders.
Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes. An optometrist is not a medical doctor. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (OD) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college. They are licensed to practice optometry, which primarily involves performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases.
Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction. Opticians are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.