Our Services



Eye Examinations

We provide private and NHS funded eye examinations. An eye examination usually takes about 30 minutes and costs £30.

As well as testing your sight our optometrist will check the health of your eyes and look for signs of general health problems.
Certain groups of people are eligible for an NHS eye exam.

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:

  • you’re aged under 16
  • you’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
  • you’re aged 60 or over
  • you’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
  • you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • you’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • you’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • you’re a prisoner on leave from prison
  • you’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement

You’re also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • are awarded Universal Credit
  • 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)

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

Optometrists recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. However, in some circumstances, they may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests – for example, if you:

  • are a child wearing glasses
  • have diabetes
  • are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
  • are aged 70 or over

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Eye Scans

An OCT Scan can help in the detection of vision threatening conditions like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy as well as checking for conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This service fee is £15.


The Optomap captures an ultra-widefield 200 degree view of the retina in a fraction of a second. The optomap provides a permanent image to store in personal medical records. This image will assist us in tracking subtle changes in the retina over time. This service fee is £20.

MECS (Minor Eye Conditions Service)

The MECS service is available as an alternative option to presenting at Accident & Emergency for the diagnosis and treatment of minor eye conditions. MECS can be accessed on a self-referral basis or alternatively your GP may refer you onto MECS if appropriate. The MECS service is NHS funded. You must be registered with a Staffordshire GP who is taking part in MECS to be eligible for this service.

Our Optometrists have the accredited skills to be able to see and treat the following eye conditions:

  • Distorted vision
  • Mild to moderate ocular pain or discomfort
  • Red eyes (which cannot be managed by the GP)
  • Corneal conditions (such as small corneal foreign bodies or superficial abrasions)
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes (epiphora)
  • In growing eyelashes (trichiasis)
  • Eyelid lumps and bumps
  • Flashes and floaters
  • Blurred vision
  • Retinal lesions

Please note this is not an eye examination. If you are unsure whether your symptoms can be assessed and treated by the service, please contact us and we can complete a Triage form with you. If you have an eye condition that is already being monitored by your GP or the hospital, contact your GP practice or hospital department in the first instance.

Contact Lens Fitting and Aftercare

We offer contact lens trials to discuss your needs and expectations and decide which contact lenses are suitable for you. We provide comprehensive aftercare appointments for current contact lens wearers.

Children’s Eye Care

Kelcher Optometrists is a very child friendly practice. Regular eye examinations are an essential part of a child’s healthcare. The NHS recommends that all children have an eye examination from the age of 3 and a half or sooner if any visual problems have been noticed.

Glaucoma, Cataract and Macular Degeneration Screening

Glaucoma screening includes checking eye pressures and visual field testing and can be performed during your eye examination. If you are over 40 and have a direct family with glaucoma, you are entitled to an NHS eye exam every 12 months.

Catartacts will be detected and monitored and you will be advised if surgery is a suitable option for you.

Macular Degeneration (a.k.a. Age Related Macular Degeneration) most often affects people in their 60s and 70s and is the most common cause of vision loss in individuals over the age of fifty. Our state of the art technology now allows our optometrists to identify signs at an early age.

Glaucoma Referral Refinement Pathway

Kelcher Optometrists is involved in a local scheme which aims to reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital eye service by re-checking eye pressures using a special machine where the first reading is higher than normal.

Domiciliary (home) Visits

If you qualify for a free NHS sight test, you may be entitled to NHS-funded mobile services where we can visit you:

  • at home – if you’re unable to leave home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
  • at a residential or care home – if you normally live there and you’re unable to leave the home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
  • at a day centre – if you would have difficulty getting a sight test from an optometrist at their practice because of physical or mental illness or disability, or because you have difficulty communicating your health needs without help.

Please ask us about this service.

Optical Workshop

Our in house expert glazing facilities enables a same day service for stock complete glasses.
We will complete minor repairs and adjustments while you wait. Your glasses will be glazed to our high standards by our lab technician.