Eye Tests

We know how important your eyesight is and here at Aldreds we aim to give you the highest quality of service in our field.

Being a family run business we can go that extra mile for you in all aspects of our eyecare.


Do I Qualify For A Free Eye-Test

You qualify for a free NHS funded sight test if you are:

  • aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education 
  • aged 60 or over 
  • registered blind or partially sighted 
  • diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma 
  • aged 40 or over and you are the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma, or you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma 
  • eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher 
  • a prisoner on leave from prison

You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if:

  • you receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution based) 
  • you receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit 
  • you receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance 
  • you are awarded Universal Credit
  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate 
  • you are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)


If you do not enter into any of the above categories an eye test will cost you £30.


My Wife Philippa qualified as an optometrist in 1979 after graduating from Bradford, she also was awarded the Porter Prize from the SMC (Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers) for the best mark in the ophthalmic drugs Examination.


In January 1982 Philippa opened her own practice just outside Bath and in 1983 moved back into Yorkshire.


For a few years Philippa did additional work for the Barnsley Co-operative Opticians undertaking part time locum work.  She also worked at a monthly clinic for Mr Toor at Pontefract Infirmary for a little over 12 months.


I am Steven and I qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1979 whilst working for Dolland & Aitchison in Leeds.  I then moved to another company with better prospects, however, this did not work out as they hit financial problems and made several of their newest staff redundant, myself being one of them.


I did locum work for approximately 9 months whilst looking for a suitable site to open my own practice.  Ironically, the firm who had made me redundant were my biggest employer in my locum work.


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