Eye examinations


looking at the world through the correct prescription 

You only get one pair of eyes and unlike other parts of your body your eyes don’t hurt when there is something wrong, so regular eye examinations are the best way to detect any irregularities. SightDirect perform a first class eye examinations at our Durham Road, Low fell branch. Our qualified Ophthalmic Optician will not only check the quality of your vision but also the health of your eyes, internally and externally. This includes the detection and monitoring of common eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

An eye examination will also highlight general medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure: both of which have a greater chance of successful treatment if diagnosed in the early stages of development. As you can see, an eye examination is an important health check whether you need spectacles or not. 



SightDirect eye examinations are £20, or FREE for the following people:

  • All children18 and under and in full-time education

  • Over 60s

  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

  • Over 40s and a parent, sibling or child of person diagnosed with glaucoma

  • Claiming benefit

  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher

Please contact us if you wish to book an eye examination.



Here are 10 important reasons to have a regular examination:

  • You only have one pair of eyes.

  • Unlike your teeth, your eyes do not usually hurt when there is something wrong.

  • The eye examination can pick up early signs of potentially blinding eye conditions, such as glaucoma.

  • The earlier a problem is detected the greater the chance of successful treatment. This is particularly true for young children and older people.

  • The eye examination can also detect a number of other underlying health problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

  • An examination checks whether your eyesight needs correcting with spectacles and determines the best form of correction for your vision.

  • Good vision means working and playing better and safer - in fact it means a better quality of life.

  • For young people, good eyesight is vital for learning. An eye examination will detect any problems with the young person’s sight which may be affecting school performance.

  • Failing eyesight is often taken for granted as people get older, however, by having an eye examination and remedying problems where necessary, older people may be able to improve their quality of life significantly.

  • Poor eyesight can be dangerous. Make sure that you meet the legal requirement for driving.