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Eye Tests

Discussion in 'Benefits' started by Fearless36, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Fearless36

    Fearless36 · Well-Known Member

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    So I'm a type 1 diabetic, and getting confused. I was told that I could get a free eye test with being a Type 1, and so checked out Specsavers near me and they had a bit on their website about doing free eyetests. Yet when I phoned, they wanted to charge me for the test some 60 GBP. When I asked about the website, I was told that I was reading it wrong. As a result, I cancelled the whole thing, but was just wondering what the take is and whether any one else had that experience?

    I know there is another eyetest that I get done at the hospital too in relation to the diabetes where they put drops in and it stings like mad, but I thought this was the same test that Specasvers did (according to their website it is for diabetics only) so was a bit puzzled.

    Any ideas? Here is a link to their website: https://www.specsavers.co.uk/eye-health/diabetic-retinopathy
     
  2. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m thinking they wanted to charge you for a similar (but more detailed) test to the one the hospital give you free, ie the retinopathy test.

    The regular eyesight test for glasses is free if you have diabetes https://www.specsavers.co.uk/glasses/nhs-eye-test
     
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  3. Fearless36

    Fearless36 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, their website actually indicates it should be "free" but when I mentioned this on the phone she tried to tell me I had read it wrong. Either way, it put me off them for sure.
     
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    Assuming you are a UK resident, tell the opticians that you want an NHS-funded eye test which you qualify for because you have diabetes. Do not ask them for 'an eye test for diabetics' otherwise they will give you their version of a screening test for diabetic retinopathy, for which they will charge.

    In due course, you should receive an invitation for screening for diabetic retinopathy from your local diabetic eye screening programme - you will not be charged for this.
     
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  5. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry but I think you kind of have read it wrong and are mixing up different things.

    There's three tests.

    One is the normal “free to diabetics“ Nhs eyesight test done is opticians

    Then there’s the diabetic retinopathy screening test all diabetics get annually for free. This might be at the hospital, a local venue or in some areas at an opticians. You are invited by letter and it’s free. This is the one with stingy drops.

    The other is the OCT test that specsavers charge for and one use for this is an even more detailed look at the eye checking for retinopathy amongst other conditions.
     
  6. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    I use Boots opticians and get the peripheral vision test, pressure test check and the photographs (as per the hospital retinopathy test), and the standard 'read the chart' (although it's digital now) eye test and have never been asked to pay for anything since becoming diabetic.

    Personal choice, but I intensely dislike Specsavers and believe that even a person with perfect vision is going to go home with a pair of glasses.
     
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    DizzyChick LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I use Specsavers and just book an NHS eyetest and advise I’m eligible for free as I’m diabetic. Never had any issues
     
  8. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am not sure why you think Boots which is owned by the American company Walgreens, would be any less commercial than Specsavers. Also Specsavers operates as a franchise, so stores have different owners and management around the country. I have never had any problems or been encouraged to buy new glasses when I didn't need them.
     
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