Opticians Preston – Clare & Howard in Garstang, Preston
Looking for an opticians in Preston then Clare and Howard Ltd is the one. We are based in Garstang near Preston and have been established for over 40 years. we are a friendly practice with a huge loyal patient base, some who have been coming to see us for all of those 40 years! We pride ourselves in providing our patients with a first class service and welcome new patients who will be assured of the same treatment and personal attention.
Eye Test & Examinations
At Clare and Howard we are committed to providing you with the highest standard of eyecare. Your regular visits not only enable us to make you see more clearly by providing you with varied types of optical correction but also play an important part in assessing your overall healthcare.
We have 3 types of eye examination available to you.
The STANDARD test involves a full refraction which would identify if an optical correction is required. The health of the interior of the eye would be assessed using a small hand held torch called an ophthalmoscope and the exterior examined by a big microscope called a slit lamp. If you are above 40 years of age we will also check the pressure of your eyes to eliminate glaucoma. This examination is free for patients who have NHS entitlement or £30.00 for our private patients.
The ADVANCED test is as our standard examination, plus ‘OPTOMAP’ retinal photography. The cost for this examination is £22.00 for those patients who have NHS entitlement or £52.00 for our private patients.
The EXTENDED test is our advanced test, plus visual field assessment and blood pressure monitoring. This is an hour long examination undertaken by Charlotte Bailey. The cost for this examination is £90.00 for those who have NHS entitlement or £110.00 for our private patients.
We supply all types of contact lenses available on the market including daily, extended wear and gas permeable lenses. We will source the best type of lenses to suit your lifestyle needs, provide free regular health checks of the eye after the initial trial consultations and we stock all cleaning and conditions solutions. We can arrange automatic shipment and can organise standing orders.
The ‘Optomap’ scans the back of the eye and takes a picture of virtually the entire retina. It is quick, painless and non-invasive and the images are captured on to our computer system and stored for future reference. The Optomap gives the optometrist a much wider view of the back of the eye compared to the ophthalmoscope which is traditionally used. WE WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND TAKING OPTOMAP PICTURES FOR ANY PATIENT BUT PARTICULARLY PATIENTS OVER 60 AND THOSE WITH A FAMILY HISTORY OF AGE RELATED MACULA DEGENERATION OR GLAUCOMA.
At Clare and Howard we are proud to provide a wide range of frames to suit all ages and budgets. We have brands to suit the more traditional to the fashion conscious. We have an extensive choice of rimless frames and a plethora of different materials from titanium to carbon fibre. We are happy to offer ranges such as Tiffany & Co, Rayban, Emporio Armani, Jaguar, Silhouette Jaegar and many more. We are proud to offer a quality bespoke styling and fitting service and aim to achieve 100% customer satisfaction.
We provide free NHS eye tests for kids up until the age of 16 and then until 19 in Full Time Education. We receive prescriptions from hospitals and dispense spectacles accordingly. Our children’s range includes Marvel, Disney, Rayban to name but a few.
Minor Eye Conditions
We provide a service for patients who attend local GP practises who are suffering from minor eye conditions. If you attend a participating practice we are able to assess your symptoms, advise treatment and refer accordingly.
Out of Hours
We have appointments late night on Thursday’s and some Saturday’s by appointment only.