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DescriptionAn optician is an eye care professional, such as an optometrist or an ophthalmic practitioner. They can check the quality of your vision and eye health.

Optometrists and ophthalmic practitioners are trained to recognise eye problems and signs of any eye disease such as cataracts or glaucoma. For this reason, it is suggested you should have a sight test from an optician every two years or sooner if recommended.

Some groups of patients are entitled to free NHS sight tests and optical vouchers to help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses. For further information please visit the 'Help with NHS health costs' pages of the NHS Choices website or call the helpline on 0845 850 1166 for a printed copy of the forms.

For more information about opticians, or to find an optician in your area, visit the NHS Choices or Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) websites.

Visit the Wandsworth CCG website.

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Record last updated: 17 June 2014