Pharmacies and opticians

Pharmacies

medicines on pharmacy shelves Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional who can give you advice on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them.

Most pharmacies have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately.

Visit your local pharmacy when you are suffering from a common health problem which means you don’t need to be seen by a nurse or doctor.

Visit the NHS Choices website to find out more about local pharmacies, including opening hours, contact details, and details of the services they provide.

If you need any specific support in relation to pharmacy services, you can contact NHS England, which is the commissioning organisation for pharmacy services.

Opticians

eye test light box with varying letter sizes on it You can visit an optician to help keep your eyes healthy by getting them checked regularly by an ophthalmic practitioner.

A sight test will check the quality of your vision and your general eye health.  Your ophthalmic practitioner will look for any abnormalities or sign of any eye disease.

It is recommended that you have your eyes checked every two years, or sooner if you are asked to do so.

Visit the NHS Choices website to find out more about local opticians, including opening hours, contact details, and details of the services they provide.

If you need any specific support in relation to optician or eye care services, you can contact NHS England, which is the commissioning organisation for opticians.

Why do I need to have an eye test and what will happen?

It is important to have regular checks on your eyes as a test could pick up early signs of eye problems before you get any symptoms. Many eye conditions can be treated if picked up early enough.

An eye test can also pick up signs of other health problems.

The eye test will check:

  • Your level and quality of vision
  • Whether you need glasses for the first time to correct your vision
  • Whether you need to change your glasses if you already wear them
  • For signs and symptoms of conditions such as diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts

Find out more about eye sight tests on the NHS Choices website.