The different types of eye examination

Private Eye Test

This includes Retinal Photography, where a 45° image of the back of your eye is saved, which helps us track any changes in eye health over time.

Enhanced Eye Test

This includes either Optomap 200° ultra-wide field imaging or 3D OCT scans, providing greater understanding of any changes in the health of your eyes.

Leightons Ultimate Eye Examination

This includes both Optomap 200° ultra-wide field imaging and 3D OCT scans, which together provide unrivalled insight into your eye health.

NHS sight tests at Leightons

We’re delighted to offer free NHS sight tests to:

  • Children under 16
  • Teenagers under 19, in full time education
  • Anyone over 60
  • Anyone with a history of certain health conditions

Please see the NHS website for the full list of everyone who may qualify for an NHS sight test.

We recommend adding Retinal Photography, OCT and Optomap services to your NHS sight test at a small additional cost.

How long does an eye test take?

Our regular eye examination normally lasts around 30 minutes. If you’ve booked a Leightons Ultimate Eye Examination, please allow up to 45 minutes to include time for your OCT and Optomap scans and imaging. You may also want to make sure you give yourself time to try something new like the comfort of contact lenses, or select frames and lenses from our beautiful range of glasses and sunglasses. When planning to park a car locally, this might mean paying for 90 minutes minimum to be on the safe side of the parking inspectors. Of course, if you have any questions as you go along, feel free to ask our team, we’re always happy to help.

What happens in an eye test?

Why are eye tests important?

Eye tests are important for several reasons, and not just for your sight! Your eyes can be the window into the health of your body. Regular eye tests can help:

  • Your vision, showing whether any correction is needed.
  • Detect early signs of sight-threatening conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, particularly through our Ultimate Eye Examination.
  • Detect signs of other possible health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and vascular disease.

It is also important to have regular eye tests, at intervals as recommended by your optometrist. This helps us to detect any changes in your vision or the health of your eyes as soon as possible. Of course, the sooner any changes are identified, the sooner we can help you manage them.

Why choose Leightons?

Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care has been family-owned and family-run for more than 95 years. We’ve spent those nine decades constantly innovating, using the latest technology to deliver high quality eye and hearing care. We’re proud to provide all our customers with:

  • Expert, friendly optometrists using advanced methods for assessing your eye health.
  • Longer appointments than well-known high street chains.
  • Beautifully crafted eyewear from the world’s leading brands, alongside innovative independent names.
  • Fully qualified dispensing opticians ensuring even the most complex prescriptions are perfectly tailored to you.
  • Teams striving to delight you with the best possible service, every step of the way.

MyLeightons Care Plan

Our MyLeightons Care Plans are the easy way to look after your eyes and hearing for life.

With MyLeightons, not only do we ensure you receive first class clinical care, but you'll also have access to some great benefits including exclusive discounts on a wealth of products in practice

  • All routine eye examinations as recommended by our Optometrists including the Leightons Ultimate Eye Exam at no extra charge
  • Emergency triage and urgent care eye appointments during our opening hours
  • 20% off complete glasses (including lenses)
  • 30% off a second pair of glasses (including lenses) purchased within three months of your initial pair
  • 20% off prescription and non-prescription sunglasses

Book an appointment

Book online

Book your eye test hassle-free through our online booking system. It's easy, convenient, and just a few clicks away

Book by phone

Call us on 0800 40 20 20. Lines open Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 5pm