Your eyes are precious and need to be taken care of. Regular eye examinations will ensure that both the health of your eyes and your vision can be monitored and any problems are detected at an early stage. Remember an eye test can also detect Dementia, Diabetes, High blood pressure and other preventable and potentially curable issues.


We have listed a few of our most comely asked questions. If you cannot find the question or answer you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know I will be safe in your Store?

We operate under the stringent cleaning procedures. We have introduced a range of measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff alike. These include operating a closed-door policy thereby limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time. We sanitise frames. If you have any particular medical condition which puts you at a higher risk, please let us know.

How much does a routine eye examination cost?

Our routine eye examinations cost £30.00 for adults. Children's eye examinations are paid for by the NHS. Your eye examination will take up to 30 mins, sometimes longer if further tests are needed. We will thoroughly assess the health of your eyes by examining them both internally and externally. Whilst you may find free or cheaper eye examinations elsewhere, we believe that the clinical care we offer is the most important part of our role.

Why is an eye test so important?

Your eyes are precious and need to be taken care of. Regular eye examinations will ensure that both the health of your eyes and your vision can be monitored and any problems are detected at an early stage. Remember an eye test can also detect Dementia, Diabetes and High blood pressure.

How often should I have an eye test?

At Aristone we recommend that you have your eyes examined at least every 2 years. Certain medical conditions require monitoring on a regular basis, and yearly examinations are advised in these cases. Should you wear contact lenses, yearly appointments are compulsory to renew your contact lens prescription. These recommended intervals assume that you are not experiencing any discomfort or visual change.

Will my vision deteriorate if I wear my glasses?

NO! Wearing glasses does not make your vision worse. When putting on your glasses for the first time, you may be surprised at the sharpness of the detail you are seeing – this is because the image is now perfectly focused on your retina. Removal of your spectacles can give you the impression that your vision has got worse, when in fact your brain is now in a position to compare the clear picture through your spectacles with the previously soft uncorrected picture.

What does an eye examination involve?

By carefully taking any symptoms or history you may have, an Optician is able to carry out a series of examinations to determine your prescription and general health of your eyes. Should it prove necessary, further equipment may be used to measure your eye pressure or visual fields.

What’s the difference between 6/6 and 20/20 vision?

No difference! Both these fractions denote perfect sight. 20/20 is the imperial version (usually used in America) whilst 6/6 is the metric equivalent measured in metres in the UK.

What lenses do you recommend for driving?

Essilor Crizal Drive has been developed to reduce reflections when driving. Crizal Drive enhances your visual comfort and clarity of vision for safer driving throughout the day and night.

I work on a computer, what type of lens should I choose?

Choosing a lens with a blue light-reflection coating is advised. They will help to reduce glare from your computer screen. Essilor EyeZen lenses are great for people who usualy spend more than 7-8 hours daily in front of a computer. Ask us more in store for a personalised explanation.

Do I need glasses if I wear contact lenses?


The key to successful contact lens wear is to incorporate rest days without them.

All too often contact lens wearers have neglected to update their spectacles to the current prescription. Ensure that your spectacles are comfortable, provide equivalent vision to your contact lenses.

How soon can I get contact lenses?

At Aristone we keep an wide range of trial lenses in stock which allows us to fit and supply you with suitable lenses. If you are new to contact lenses, a 'TEACH' session will be provided to ensure that you are able to insert, remove your lenses before starting wear.

How soon can I have my glasses?

Most glasses are ready to collect within 2-3 days. Certain specialised lenses require extra time and may take a little longer. If your glasses are required urgently we work closely with Essilor, in many cases they can make Progressive - Varifical - lenses in a matter of just 48 hours.

What are photochromic lenses?

These are lenses which change from a clear to dark sunglass when exposed to sunlight and UV. Typical brand types of these lenses are Transitions. They are available in several colours, most popular being brown, green and grey.