A comprehensive eye examination not only identifies whether your eyesight needs correcting, but can reveal underlying health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes, as well as detecting eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts. It is recommended to have an eye examination every two years, although certain people need to be seen more frequently, for example if you have a family history of glaucoma or have eye concerns.

We like to be at the forefront of technology and are pleased to announce the arrival of our new eye scanner called an OCT which stands for Optical Coherence Tomography, this is a complex technology used to see the individual layers of the eye. An OCT scan is simple, quick and completely painless, it is similar to an MRI or CAT scan of the eye. OCT can image in 3D allowing us to see sometimes for the first time problems within your eyes that could not easily be seen before. Using the OCT will allow us to pick up problems at a much earlier stage allowing better treatment and visual outcome. The OCT is revolutionary technology it is common in eye hospitals but this top level of care is only available at a few HIgh Street practices, and we feel it is worth investing in the best technology available to protect your eyesight now and in the future.

J M Forss Opticians also still offer digital retinal photography whcih allows us to capture an image of the back of the eye in seconds using flash photography and without any discomfort to the patient. This gives us a permanent and accurate record of the health of the eye, which we store on our computer allowing us to compare images year on year, monitoring any changes to the eye's health.

We do make an additional charge for these worthwhile examinations, as they are not available under the standard NHS funded sight test, but are included as part of our comprehensive eye examination.


We provide a comprehensive eye examination which usually takes about 40 minutes. It includes:

  • discussing your needs – we need to know what you want
  • your medical history – certain medicines can affect your eyes
  • external and internal examination of the eye – up-to-date equipment is used to determine the health and coordination of the eyes.
  • assessing your vision – a careful check of your vision is made and then we ascertain any correction your vision may require.
  • eye movements – it is important to check the eyes are working together effectively otherwise undue eye-strain may occur.
  • visual fields – modern computerised equipment is used to check the visual field.
  • OCT or Digital retinal photography

At the end of the examination we will have a detailed knowledge of how good your eyes are. We take time to explain our findings, discuss your requirements and advise when your next test is recommended.

Our computerised recall system will notify you when you are due to be re-examined.

We also offer a 20 minute full NHS test which covers all the basic tests required to check your eyes. Many people are able to get NHS help with test charges – to find out if you are entitled, please click here.

Common eye problems we routinely pick up are explained in our online patient information leaflets.