Our Services

NHS Sight Tests

Minor Eye Conditions Service – FREE to access*

Eye Examinations – NHS and Private

Contact Lenses

Children’s Eye Care

NHS Sight Tests

You may be eligible for an NHS funded sight test if you meet any of the following criteria:

Age related criteria
~ under 16
~ 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
~ 60 or over

Vision or health related criteria
~ registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
~ eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – we can advise you about this entitlement
~ diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
~ advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you are at risk of glaucoma

Health and age related criteria
~ 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma

Income related criteria
If you…
~ receive income support
~ receive income-based job-seeker’s allowance (not contribution-based)
~ receive pension guarantee credit
~ receive income-based employment and support allowance (not contribution-based)
~ are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
~ are on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

You may also be entitled to an NHS funded sight test if:
~ you are a prisoner on leave from prison

Please note:
When you visit us, please tell us if you think you may be entitled to an NHS funded eye examination. We will give you a ‘GOS1’ form to fill in and sign. You will always be asked to show proof that you’re entitled to an NHS funded eye examination.

NHS England sets minimum intervals for eye examinations and you will therefore also be asked for the date of your last eye exam (not just the date of your last NHS exam) on the GOS1 form.

For more information, see the NHS leaflet ‘Help with health costs’. This leaflet explains which documents you will need to prove that you’re entitled to an NHS funded eye examination.

If you don’t qualify for an NHS funded eye examination, you will have to pay for a private eye examination.

Minor Eye Conditions Service – FREE to access*

This is an NHS funded service for all that are *registered with a GP within East Kent . If you have a sudden concern with the health of your eyes or if your GP advises you to attend – you are entitled to an appointment with our Optometrists who are specifically accredited to provide this service. Visiting a community based practice offers ease of access to highly trained health professionals with specialised equipment, with the aim of helping to manage your eye complaint. 

• Eye pain/discomfort
• Dry Eyes
• Watery eyes
• Flashes and Floaters
• Red Eye
• Loss of vision
• Lumps/bumps on eye/eyelids/ lashes
• Ingrowing Eyelashes
• Foreign body
• Visual Field loss

Eye Examinations – NHS and Private


At Eye Folk Opticians, we really do care about your eyes. We offer an extremely thorough eye examination, which fully checks the health of your eyes as well as finding out more about your vision and the correction you may need. During an eye examination we look for any signs of eye conditions such as Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. A sight test can also detect other health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Our standard eye examination appointment is 45 minutes, which is much longer than most Opticians. This allows us to really understand what you need from your vision and to recommend solutions specifically tailored to you. Fundus photography (a photo of the back of your eyes) is included as standard and assists our Optometrists to take an in depth look at the health of your eyes.

All this plus more for just £35 (or free if eligible for NHS sight test)


Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses can be a fantastic alternative to spectacles. Most people are suitable for contact lenses – our Optometrists can advise you of your suitability.

Our Optometrists are very experienced in fitting and providing aftercare for all contact lens types. (RGP, Soft, Daily, Reuseable, Extended wear, Multifocals plus more!)

If you have not worn contact lenses before, we can take time to discuss options with you. We have access to all contact lens manufacturers, enabling us to provide you with your ideal lens solution.

We have a direct debit scheme in place, which provides regular home delivery of your contact lenses (and solutions where necessary).

A contact lens fitting is just £35 and includes a free trial of contact lenses.

An aftercare is just £35 (or free if you are on our direct debit scheme).

Children’s Eye Care

Good eyesight is crucial for a child’s development, both at school and socially.

Eye Folk is very child – friendly and our optometrists are experienced at testing the eyes of children of all ages. They do not need to be able to read/write/communicate in order for their eyes to be tested as we have many ways to check.

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