Optician Services and Fees Forest Hill & Plumstead



Private eye exam (Forest Hill) £40 includes retinal imaging
Retinal imaging (NHS patients) £10
Private eye exam (Plumstead) £30
Contact lens fitting £40
Contact lens checkup £40
Completion of formal document £30
Emergency eye exam £40 includes retinal imaging
Emergency contact lens exam £40



Do you qualify for an NHS sight test?

 If you qualify for an NHS sight test then the examination will be free of charge for you. Depending on which criteria applies to you, you may be entitled to an NHS voucher. This voucher will reduce the overall cost of your glasses. The amount of reduction will vary depending on your prescription and they type of glasses required.

Below is a table showing the various criteria that will give you a free eye examination and help towards the cost of your glasses.

Eye test
NHS voucher
Aged under 16 Yes Yes
Aged 16,17,18 and in full time education Yes Yes
Aged 60 or over Yes No
Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma Yes No
Considered to be at risk of glaucoma Yes No
Aged 40 or over and the parent, bother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma Yes No
Registered blind or partially blind Yes No
Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher Yes Yes
Claiming any of these benefits: Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or receiving Tax Credits Yes Yes
On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate Yes Yes
A prisoner being seen outside prison Yes Yes


The importance of regular eye examinations

Your eyesight is your most precious sense and deserves the highest standards of professional care. Without good vision it is difficult to enjoy most everyday activities, including reading, driving and watching TV.

However poor sight may also indicate the presence of potentially serious eye diseases such as glaucoma and macula degeneration, or general health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Often eye conditions develop slowly and can be painless, you may not notice any initial symptoms. That's why it is essential to have your eyes examined regularly by an optometrist or ophthalmic medical practitioner. The sooner any problem is detected, the greater the chance of it being treated successfully.

The information here explains what happens during an eye examination at our practice and how we will take care of your vision. We recommend that you read it carefully as it will help you to understand and look after your eyesight.

If you have any concerns about your vision, you should contact us immediately. We provide quality eyecare and will always take as much time as necessary to examine your eyes thoroughly and answer any questions you may have.


Your eye examination explained 

 There is much more to your eye examination at our practice than finding out if you need spectacles or contact lenses. We also carry out a range of tests to assess the health of your eyes. As everyone's eyesight is different, we tailor the eye examination to your individual circumstances. This may include the following elements and other tests where appropriate, based on our professional evaluation of your visual requirements. Your eye examination will typically last for around 30 minutes, this will give the optometrist plenty of time to give you a thorough and comprehensive examination.


History and symptoms

First of all, we discuss any problems you might have with your eyesight and general health. Many eye conditions are health-related and it is important that you let us knaow if you are taking any medicines as these may affect your vision. To assess your visual needs, we also discuss your work and leisure activities.


Spectacles assessment

If you already wear spectacles or contact lenses, you should bring these to your appointmant. We will then check the lenses to establish their type, optical power and how well you can see with them.



This part of the examination finds out whether you need an optical prescription and, if so, which lenses give you the best vision. We check your near vision (for reading), your distance vision (for driving or TV) and your intermediate vision (for hobbies or computer work). These refraction tests will reveal if you are short-sighted, long-sighted, presbyopic or have astigmatism. As everyone's vision changes over time you may experiance one or more of the above conditions. However all can be corrected with spectacles or contact lenses.


Oculomotor balance

It is important that your eye muscles work together. This test checks that both your eyes are co-ordinated and that you have comfortable vision at all distances.


Pupil relexes

The pupil controls the amount of light reaching the retina at the back of the eye and so affects images seen by the brain. An unusual pupil reflex may indicate neurological problems.


Intraocular pressure

This test measures the pressure inside your eyes. Too much pressure can indicate glaucoma, a disease which eventually leads to blindnessif untreated. This test is usually carried out on people over 40 or those with glaucoma in the family. The results are evaluated in conjunction with a visual field test and ophthalmoscopy.


Visual field test

Testing your all-round vision can detect glaucoma and other neurological conditions. Particualr attention is paid to your peripheral sight, as losing your field of vision is one of the main signs of glaucoma.



This is a very important part of your examination because it checks the health of your eyes. Using an instrument called an ophthalmoscope, a light is shone through your pupil into the eye. This enables us to see the internal parts clearly, such as your lens, retina and optic nerve, and so check for problems like diabetes, cataracts, hypertension, glaucoma and macula degeneration.


Digital retinal imaging

Digital retinal imaging is a painless procedure used to take picture of the back of your eyes. The image is displayed on a monitor giving a magnified view of the eye allowing for easier detection of more subtle changes inside the eyes. As well as being a powerful tool in the early detection of eye diseases such as glaucoma , DRI can also reveal early signs of systemic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes etc. The photographs are stored with your records enabling us to build a photographical clinical history of your eyes after each visit.

Visual assessment

When your eye examination is finished, we give you an explanation of your vision and your eye health. We then recommend a time for your next eye examination based on your visual needs. Our optometrist will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about your sight and the eye examination.


Looking after your eyesight

The key to good vision is having regular eye examinations. Their importance cannot be overstated because they provide an essential health check as well as helping you to see better with an up-to-date prescription.

At your appointment you'll receive expert advice on your vision and on choosing the most suitable eyewear for your needs. As independent opticians we are free to select the best products from any manufacturer. This means we're also able to provide you witha wide choice of quality frames and advanced lenses at sensible prices.


How we can help

Our practice is committed to delivering the highest standards of professional eyecare. This means we will discuss your individual needs, examine your eyes thoroughly, use modern equipment, answer your questions, and offer you eyewear that meets your requirements. As independent opticians we also believe in giving you a friendly and personal service. 

Everyone deserves the best possible eyesightat all times. So if you haven't had an eye examination within the last two years, or when specified by your optical practitioner, call us now for an appointment.

Contact Details

Forest Hill Address:
50 London Road,
Forest Hill,
London SE23 3HF
E-mail: info@kassford.co.uk
Tel: 0208 699 3196

Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 09.00 to 17.00
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00



Contact Details

Plumstead Address:
2 Lakedale Road,
London SE18 1PP
E-mail: info@kassford.co.uk
Tel: 0208 854 2406

Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 09.00 to 17.00
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00