What is the Enhanced Eye Test?

The Enhanced Eye Test includes either Optomap 200° ultra-wide field imaging or 3D OCT scans, providing greater understanding of any changes in the health of your eyes. The type of scan you have will be determined by your optometrist according to clinical need.

A clinician using the Tomography in Optical Coherence machine on a patient.

How long does the Enhanced Eye Test take?

The Enhanced Eye Test usually lasts around 40 minutes in total. In the first 10 minutes, you will have your OCT or Optomap scan taken. The remaining 30 minutes is your appointment with the optometrist, who will check your prescription and discuss your scan images with you.

An optometrist with a patient during an appointment.

What does the Enhanced Eye Test show?

The Enhanced Eye Test will show different things depending on whether you have an Optomap or OCT scan.

OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) works like ultrasound for the eye, providing a detailed cross-section view beyond the surface, through the layers of the retina (the back of the eye). It can help to identify early signs of:

  • Macula conditions, including Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes - by detecting diabetic retinopathy

Optomap also looks at the back of your eye, but rather than taking a cross-section, it shows a highly detailed and incredibly wide view of the surface of the retina. Optomap is helpful in highlighting early signs of:

  • Retinal holes, tears or detachments
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

If you would like to have both an Optomap and an OCT scan, why not consider our Ultimate Eye Examination?

The machine clinicians use for optomap and oct tests on patients.

What’s included in the Enhanced Eye Test?

The Enhanced Eye Test includes:

  • Discussion of previous medical and eye history, as well as lifestyle needs.
  • A wider view inside your eyes with 2D scanning Optomap technology or a deeper look at the hidden layers of your eyes with 3D OCT scans.
  • Measurement of your eyes for long, middle and short-range focus and coordination.
  • High magnification light beam examination of the eyes and eyelids for a 3D view.
  • A bespoke prescription for any glasses, contact lenses or therapeutic treatment.
A dispensing optician helping a patient find glasses frames.

How much is the Enhanced Eye Test?

The Enhanced Eye Test costs £69.

If you are eligible for an NHS sight test, then you can add OCT or Optomap to your NHS-funded test for £39.

A patient having optomap during an eye test.

Book an appointment

Book online

You can book your eye test online at any time through our secure, easy-to-use online booking system.

Book by phone

Call us on 0800 40 20 20. Lines are open Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, children can have the Enhanced Eye Test which includes either an Optomap ultra-wide retinal imaging or 3D OCT scan. These advanced imaging techniques provide a more comprehensive assessment of a child's eye health and vision development compared to a standard eye exam. Regular comprehensive eye exams from an early age are crucial for detecting vision problems that could impact a child's learning and development.