An optician carries out a test on your eyes to check the quality of your eye sight and look for signs of problems that may need treatment.
They also prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses and if necessary, they’ll refer you to a GP or a hospital eye clinic for further investigation.
The NHS recommends that you should get your eyes tested every two years or more often if advised by your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist. Some people are entitled to free NHS sight tests and optical vouchers to help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses.
To find out more about opticians and what to expect when visiting an eye care appointment, visit the nhs.uk website.
Feedback and complaints
All opticians are commissioned by NHS England. If you have any questions, or would like to provide feedback or raise a complaint about an optician service, please contact the branch directly or NHS England’s Customer Contact Centre.