Bartlett and Austin

Both Jayne Townsend and Jan Peplow are fully qualified GOC registered optometrists. They conduct very thorough eye examinations using state of the art equipment, to establish both the patient's eye sight and the health of the eye.


NHS Exemptions

If you fall into any of these categories, eye examinations are provided free of charge under the NHS

  • Under 16 or under 19 in full time education
  • Aged 60 or over
  • You or your partner receive:
    • Income Support
    1. Income based job seekers allowance
    2. Working Families Tax Credit or Disabled Persons Tax Credit
    3. You or your partner has an HC2 certificate or limited help with an HC3 certificate
    4. Pension Credit
  1. You are registered blind or partially sighted
  2. You suffer from diabetes or glaucoma
  3. You are over 40 and the parent/brother/sister/child of a person with glaucoma
  4. You have been prescribed complex lenses under the NHS voucher scheme

You are entitled to a voucher towards the cost of your spectacles or contact lenses if:

  • You are under 16 or under 19 in full time education
  • You are entitled to a free examination on income grounds
  • You have been prescribed complex lenses

The total cost to you of the provision and dispensing of your spectacles or contact lenses by Bartlett and Austin Optometrists is a combination of:

  • A contract and charge for professional fees and services;
  • A contract and charge for goods;
  • The total spectacle cost is made up as follows;
    • Cost of goods at 30% of the total cost including VAT
    • Professional fees at 70% of the total cost
  • The total contact lens cost is made up as follows;
    • Cost of goods at 45% of the total cost including VAT
    • Professional fees at 55% of the total cost

VAT is payable on the goods at the current rate of 20%. The professional fees are exempt from VAT.

A fully itemised breakdown will be provided and is shown in full on your quotation/confirmation of your order and receipt.

Payment in full at the point of order or on collection.

Collection must be made within thirty days of order complete notification.

Whilst in the interest of transparency we show prices and product costs separately we are providers of clinical and professional services and have a duty of care unlike normal retailers. Thus we are unable to supply frames or lenses without the attendant professional charges.



Optical Coherence Tomography

Bartlett and Austin have recently invested in a revolutionary piece of diagnostic equipment that can detect a number of eye conditions at an early stage, such as glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy during a routine eye test. This piece of equipment is called a 3D Optical Coherence Tomography system (3D OCT).

Ocular Coherence Tomography is a painless advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of the eye.

The major benefit of this state of the art machine is that it allows the optometrist to see both the back of the eye, but also in a three dimensional image literary look beneath the surface of the regular retinal image. The images generated by the OCT are stored so when you see us again for your next appointment, the images from the latest screening can be compared with the images generated in the past to see if anything has changed or deteriorated.

Using this machine, your optometrist can more confidently diagnose, manage and refer you to a specialist for treatment, should this be required.

There is a charge of £35 for the OCT scan, but the benefits are obvious.

Make sure that when booking your next eye test, you ask for an OCT scan.

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