Tel: 019 1456 1552

At McGuinness Opticians

Our Advanced Eye Examination is a great way to provide the best peace of mind for your eye health as it allows us to compile a series of digital images right from the front through to the back of your eyes.


These detailed images can give us a more comprehensive view of your eyes compared to that of a standard eye test.

Having an exact record of how the back of your eye looks is important as any future changes can be found by comparing the images to previous years. In this way any changes can be detected at an early stage making eye conditions easier to treat.

Please contact to book your Advanced Digital Eye Examination






Phone: 0191 4561552

  • What does the Advanced Eye Examination involve?

    The Advanced Eye Examination involves two main components:  Digital Retinal Photography and Anterior Digital Slit Lamp Imaging.



    Retinal photography involves taking a photograph of the back of the eye so that we can get a detailed assessment of the Optic Nerve Head, Blood vessels & Macula. This is important for detecting & monitoring retinal eye conditions & general health conditions.



    Digital Slit lamp Imaging can assess the front of the eye including the eyelids, tear film, corneas & lens. This can be really useful for monitoring & treating common conditions such as blepharitis (inflammation for the eyelids) & dry eye. We can also monitor cataract development in the lens and show you how it changes from year to year.


  • Is the Advanced Eye Examination Suitable for me?

    The Advanced Eye Exam is suitable for patients of all age groups but is particularly recommended for patients with the following conditions:

    • Glaucoma

    • Family history of Glaucoma

    • Cataract

    • Macular condition (ARMD)

    • Diabetes

    • High Blood Pressure

    • Dry eye (patients often complain of a watery eye!)

    • Corneal conditions eg. Fuchs dystrophy

  • How much do our eye examinations cost?

    Pricing for Eye Examinations

    Whether you are a private patient or normally receive an NHS eye test we can provide this new more advanced health check for your eyes.

    Standard NHS Eye Examination

    No charge to Patient

    Standard Private Eye Examination:

    The Advanced Eye Examination for Private Patients:

    The Advanced Eye Examination subsidy for NHS patients:

  • Am I eligible for a FREE NHS sight test?

    You are eligible for a free NHS sight test if you:

    • are under 16

    • are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education

    • are 60 or over

    • are registered as partially sighted or blind

    • have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

    • are 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma

    • have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you’re at risk of glaucoma

    • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optician can advise you about your entitlement

    • receive income based benefits, i.e. Universal credit, Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

    • hold a valid NHS HC2 certificate

    You may also be entitled to help towards the cost of your glasses if you meet some of the above criteria.

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm,

Friday 9.35 - 5.30,

Saturday 9.00am - 4.30pm

019 1456 1552


33 Westoe Road, South Shields NE33 4LS

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