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The eye examination is carried out by a qualified registered experienced Optometrist in a comfortable, air-conditioned environment.  The Optometrist will assess through a series of tests and evaluations which can detect underlying health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of eye cancers, as well as your individual visual requirements.

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The eye examination is a very important health check, we do much more than checking your vision. As with most disorders, early detection is key to enable prevention of disease or effective management of conditions such as glaucoma, dry eye and macula degeneration.

We have invested in equipment to assist in early diagnosis including an Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT). This allows us to see fine detail of many parts of your eye in 3D instantly and without even needing to make contact with your eye. Your images are securely saved enabling us to provide ongoing care and continuity at each visit.



We have formed strong links with the local GP surgeries, private and NHS medical centres to ensure your eyecare is comanaged when necessary.


The examination is also focused on allowing you to have the best vison possible for you. We allow time so you are not feeling rushed to make decisions and provide you with a prescription for whatever distance you are having difficulties with. The information is discussed with one of our Dispensing Opticians so nothing gets missed. Their knowledge and problem solving skills, together with the prescription, ensures the best possible glasses for your needs.



Please allow up to 90 minutes for the eye exam and allowing us to discuss and update your eyewear if necessary. It is really helpful to bring your current glasses with you and if it is your first visit, your previous prescription copy if possible.


  • History and symptoms

  • External examination of the eye

  • Refraction

  • Internal examination of the eye

  • Binocular vision assessment

  • Visual Field screening (for at risk groups)

  • Tonometry (for at risk groups)

  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Retinal photography (at request)

  • Private fast track referrals available if required

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Out Of Hours Appointment

Private out of hours appointments are available for eye examinations, contact lens, dispensing of spectacles and spectacles collections.

Price calculated individually upon availability and time required.


The practice provides free NHS eye examinations.

You are entitled to a free NHS eye examination if you are:


  • Under 16

  • Under 19 and in full time education

  • Aged 60 or over

  • Registered blind or partially sighted

  • Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma. 40 or over with an immediate, direct relative with glaucoma

  • Or you have been advised by an Ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma

  • Prescribed a complex lens.


All children under 16 are to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or carer in the waiting area at all times. Please note that our staff are not permitted under our public liability insurance policy to take on the carers responsibility and role.

To avoid distraction of both the child and the Optometrist, it is practice policy that only the parent, guardian or carers are present in the consulting room unless completely unavoidable

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You are also entitled to a free NHS eye examination if you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (not contribution based)

  • Working Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate

  • Child Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate

  • You are named on a NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

  • People named on a NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) might also get help.​




Every aspect of the service from J Oliver Radley is top quality. Very friendly reception, thorough and professional eye testing, an extensive range of lens and frames to suit every budget, and an excellent fitting service.

Customer service and after-sales support is second-to-none. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve accidentally damaged my glasses over the years, and each time James has happily made minor (and some not-so-minor) repairs free of charge.

One aspect I hadn’t fully appreciated until today is how sophisticated their state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment is. The Optometrist identified a potentially serious problem during my routine eye test 2 days ago, and immediately advised referral to an eye specialist. His initial diagnosis was today confirmed by a consultant ophthalmologist in a top private hospital – after having taken over 40 minutes to obtain lower resolution scans than those produced in a fraction of that on J Oliver Radley equipment.

I wouldn’t go anywhere else, and can thoroughly recommend James and his expert team for their superb care and professional service.


You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to free NHS eye examinations.Please be advised that current rules from our professional bodies stipulate that:Parents, guardians, or carers of children under 16 years of age are required to be present in the consulting room. This is to ensure that the nature and purposes of all the tests are fully explained and understood.

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