Eye tests in Heswall

At Eye 2 Eye, we take your eye test very seriously. That is why we allow at least 30 minutes for each examination, which is much longer than most other opticians.


We have invested heavily in the latest equipment to ensure that every part of your sight test is as thorough and accurate as possible.

What happens in an eye test?




Before your eye exam begins our team will guide you through a series of preliminary examinations.

We will estimate your prescription and measure your intra-ocular pressures in order to give the optometrist all the information they require to give you a thorough examination. We may assess your visual fields at this point.


Our team member will also run through a few quick questions with you to ensure we fully understand your eye care needs.

The Optometrist

The actual eye examination itself is conducted by one of our highly experienced optometrists. The main parts of the eye examination include:

  • A discussion of your eye health

  • Formulation of your prescription for your spectacles or contact lenses

  • A thorough check of your eye health

  • A summary of the optician's findings, along with recommendations and after-care.

Answering your questions about eye examinations

Do I need to know my prescription when visiting?

If you're an existing patient at Eye 2 Eye Opticians in Heswall, don't worry. All prescription records are kept on file so there is no need for you to be sure of your prescription. If you're a new patient however, we will have to undergo an eye exam to determine your prescription, unless you have an in-date, valid prescription from a qualified practitioner at another opticians.

How often should I have my eyes examined?

If you are:

  • Aged 15 or below - once every year
  • Aged 16-69 years - once every 2 years
  • Aged 70 years and over - every year
  • Diabetic and Glaucoma patients - every year
  • Aged 40 years and over with an immediate relative with Glaucoma - every year
The above are general guidelines and more regular eye exams may be required in some cases. Your optician will always advise you of this. Please contact Eye 2 Eye Opticians in Heswall if you are still unsure.

How long does an eye exam last?

The length of an eye examination varies depending on the patient being examined but a typical test usually lasts between 25-35 minutes.

Do I receive NHS entitlements?

You may be entitled to a free eye examination for a number of reasons. Some of these include:

  • if you are aged 60 or over
  • suffer from diabetes or glaucoma
  • you're aged 16 and under
  • or if you are aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education.
For more information on NHS entitlements please check their website.

I'm very worried about an eye problem, can you see me urgently?

If you feel you are suffering from a serious eye problem then we encourage you to get in touch with the practice as soon as possible. You can call us on 0151 342 8328.

How do I book an appointment?

You can call or email the practice to book your eye exam. Head to the Contact Us page to view our contact information.

Do eye examinations hurt?

No. We use state of the art technology and non-invasive techniques to carry out your eye test. Our professionally trained staff will guide you through the process at every step and will be happy to answer any questions you have.


Come in and see us today