Over 40s


Because you only get one pair of eyes


From 40 onwards people begin to experience changes in their vision, especially blurring at near vision, for example when reading or sewing. This is because the elasticity of the eyes natural lens decreases with age; therefore, we lose the ability to focus on near objects. This is known as presbyopia and it happens to everyone at some point, whether you have worn spectacles before or not. It is usually noticed because you need to hold objects further away to focus on them. If you're finding that your arms aren’t long enough when working/reading at close distance, luckily presbyopia can easily be corrected with spectacles: 

  • Single Vision reading lenses (including frame from £29)
  • Bifocal lenses (including frame from £49)
  • Varifocal lenses (including frame from £79)

See Lens Types for more information.



You only get one pair of eyes and unlike other parts of your body your eyes don’t hurt when there is something wrong, so regular eye examinations are the best way to detect any irregularities. SightDirect perform first class eye examinations at our Low Fell branch. Our qualified Ophthalmic Optician will not only check the quality of your vision but also the health of your eyes, internally and externally. This includes the detection and monitoring of common eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. An eye examination will also highlight general medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure: both of which have a greater chance of successful treatment if diagnosed in the early stages of development. As you can see, an eye examination is an important health check whether you need spectacles or not. 

It is advised you should have an eye examination every 2 years. It may be necessary to have an examination more frequently depending on your age and medical history.

SightDirect eye examinations are £15, or FREE for the following people:

  • All children18 and under and in full-time education
  • Over 60s
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Over 40s and a parent, sibling or child of person diagnosed with glaucoma
  • Claiming benefit
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher