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Crystal Optometry is contracted to provide ophthalmic services for NHS Lothian. Everyone in Scotland is eligible for NHS eye care and "primary" examinations are allowed every

- 24 months for those aged between 16 and 60

- 12 months for children and adults with diabetes.

If a patient has unexpected symptoms they can still be seen and a less extensive "secondary" examination is allowed.

In pursuing clinical excellence Crystal Optometry has invested in medical equipment which exceeds NHS requirements to provide diagnostic certainty and monitoring. All adults are offered OCT scans and front-eye photography for which there is a fee of £35.00.

Contact Lens examinations, Visual Stress assessments and "Second Opinions" are £80 since they are not NHS funded. 

Visual Stress follow-ups are £35.

Patients who wish more frequent full examinations have the option to join EyePlan - a monthly subscription service that allows unrestrictive care and favourable reductions in all costs for £13.90 / month.

Please ensure you have enough time for your appointment :

30 minute eye exam for short contact lens check-ups and follow ups

60 minute eye exam for full eye exams and detailed assessments

Appointment Checklist

  • Please bring along your current spectacles and prescription sunglasses, if you use them.
  • If you are taking prescription medicines it is important to bring along details.
  • Contact lens wearers should wear their lenses to the appointment and bring also their spectacles.
  • For the over 60's our optometrists use dilating drops. If you need to drive, make sure you have your driving glasses (if you wear them) and consider using sunglasses to make you more comfortable.