Eyecare: Sight Tests and Eye Examinations

Thorough eye examinations and sound advice

Peter Gerber


Our eye examination room has modern, up to the minute eye care facilities. Our qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians have many combined years of experience in their field, and make every effort to ensure that their patients are at ease during their eye test and examination.

We offer a standard sight test to check both your vision and examine the health of your eyes. Changes in our eye sight usually happen very slowly, so often we may not be aware that we are not seeing as well as we could. A regular examination should be part of your health regime, much like visiting the dentist; we recommend having an eye check once every two years, unless advised otherwise by your Optometrist.

We also offer enhanced examinations that include our OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) scanner which displays a 3D cross section of the retina, inside the eye, providing a real in-depth health check.

Vision test – how well can you see?

As part of our standard sight test, we check your vision for the following:

Can you see objects in the distance?

If not, you may be short-sighted and need glasses or contact lenses to help correct this. If you
already use glasses or contact lenses, you may need a new prescription for your lenses if we find
that you cannot see objects in the distance as well as you should.

Can you read close-up text easily?

If not, you may be long-sighted (or farsighted) and need reading glasses to help you focus on
objects and text that are close to you, for example, when reading, using the computer or any
other close work.

Are you legally safe to drive?

Are you one of the 15% of drivers who have difficulty reading road signs?* Often a visit to your
optometrist and a small change in prescription can make all the difference to your vision.

Eye examinations – a health check for your eyes

Checking your vision is only part of an eye examination. By examining your eyes an optometrist can tell if you have problems with high blood pressure or diabetes and detect the early signs of cataracts and glaucoma.

Age-related Macula Degeneration (AMD),is the leading cause of visual impairment for people over 50. Early diagnosis of AMD is vital, and with that in mind, we have invested in new screening equipment so our optometrists can check for early signs of the disease.

Enhanced eye examinations

We were also one of the first opticians in Suffolk to invest in the OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) scanner that lets us view a 3D cross section of all ten layers of the retina, inside your eye and can be used to diagnose glaucoma, vitreous detachment and macula holes. Early detection of glaucoma can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment, and because the symptoms are not immediately noticeable, a visit to your optometrist is one of the few ways of detecting the disease. The RNIB estimate that up to 250,000 people in the UK have undiagnosed glaucoma.

Eyecare – NHS Entitlement for free eye test

Help with the cost of eye examinations and spectacles is available for many patients. We’ve set out below the criteria set by the NHS and, where applicable the help you will get towards the cost of spectacles at Eyecare Opticians.

Eligible for NHS eye examination:

  • If you are under 16 or Under 19 in full-time education **
  • If you are 60 and over
  • If you are 40 or over with close relative diagnosed with Glaucoma
  • If you have diagnosed diabetes or glaucoma
  • If you are registered blind or partially sighted
  • If your prescription needs complex lenses **

Or, if you or your partner are receiving:

  • Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance**
  • Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit and named on Exemption Certificate **
  • Named on HC2 or HC3 Certificate**

Categories marked ** are also eligible for free or reduced price spectacles or contact lenses.

Our optometrists

Peter Gerber

Optometrist. MC Optom, Bsc Hons, BOA (disp) SMC (disp) FADO

Peter Gerber is the Principal optometrist at Eyecare Opticians and has been in practice for over 40 years. Peter is well respected for his clinical excellence and conducting OCT scans and his patients return to him year on year.

Pratik Patel


Pratik qualified in 2005 and obtained his Masters degree in 2020. He has been a highly valued member of the team since 2012.