Professional Eye Tests in Harrow and Waterloo

For healthy eyes you should visit your optician regularly...

Modern eye exams involve more than check how well you can see. When you book your eye test you’ll benefit from a number of essential checks, specifically designed to keep your eyesight and general health in the best possible condition. At Opticalise we’ll test your vision and check your eyes for diseases like glaucoma or cataracts, as well as other general health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Book an appointment

Simply call your nearest Opticalise branch or send us an email and we'll arrange a convenient time for your personal eye test.

Visiting your optician

Our friendly reception staff will be ready to greet you and then your personal optometrist will assist you and welcome any questions you may have.

During your eye test

Everything will be explained to you every step of the way. The procedure will take approximately half an hour and is completely painless.

After your eye test

If your vision requires correcting, your personal optometrist will advise you of your prescription options such as glasses or contact lenses.

If this is your first visit

You can be reassured that there is nothing to fear. An eye test is completely painless and will take around half an hour. You are welcome to ask as many questions as you like, and everything will be explained to you, avoiding jargon where possible.

Once your test has been completed, should you need a prescription for glasses, our qualified dispensing staff will assist you in finding the perfect frames and lenses to suit your lifestyle and the shape of your face.

Your Opticalise eye examination will include:

  • A full visual check including peripheral vision
  • Ocular health check
  • Eye pressure check
  • Retina check including photographing the back of your eye

After your eye test, if you do need new glasses Opticalise stocks the most up-to-date brands that you know and love. We will help you choose the right spectacles that not only look good, but also feel great.

Opticalise is your expert independent optician located at 241-243 Preston Road, Harrow; and 33 Lower March, Waterloo. Contact us by phone or email and book your essential eye health check today.

Childrens eye health

Opticalise opticians carry out FREE NHS eye tests for children up to the age of 16. Eye problems can occur at an early age and our team of professional optometrists can perform a full eye health check which may detect any immediate or future concerns.

Our child friendly opticians include the necessary facilities to carry out simple and advanced eye tests and offer a superb selection of children’s glasses in different sizes and for all ages.

Cataracts, Glaucoma and Diabetes

There are many different eye conditions of which the most common are Myopia (short sightedness) and Hypermetropia (long sightedness). Other common conditions occur when you get older such as the difficulty to read close up which is known as Presbyopia. These common eye conditions can easily be corrected however there are many other conditions that can arise suddenly, cause blindness or have a long term effect to your eyesight if symptoms are unnoticed.

Regular eye health checks can help detect harmful diseases such as Cataracts and Glaucoma which can be dealt with at an early stage. Other general health problems such as diabetes can also be detected through an eye examination and requires immediate treatment to help prevent losing sight in the eye.

At Opticalise, our experienced team of professional opticians are fully trained to detect early symptoms of eye disease as well as other eye conditions such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), conjunctivitis (inflammation of the mucous membrane within the eye and eyelids), dry eye (lack of tears), flashes and floaters (specks that swirl in the eye), macular degeneration (deterioration of the central vision) and retinoblastoma (eye tumor).


Cataracts occurs when we get older and is a clouding affect that develops within the lens. Objects become hazy due to the passage of light into the eye being reduced as the lens becomes more opaque over time.

The condition may start in one eye first but usually affects both eyes and gradually gets worse resulting in the eventual loss of vision. Cataracts can be treated if detected early.


Glaucoma is a serious disease caused mainly by internal high fluid pressure in the eye which damages the optic nerve. This disease is commonly unnoticed but can occur suddenly making one feel sick and feel pain in the eyes.

Glaucoma can cause blindness but can be treated at early stages and if members of your family have been known to suffer from glaucoma, it is advisable for you to visit your optician regularly for eye tests.


Diabetes can be difficult to detect and if uncontrolled it can result in the bleeding of the blood vessels in the retina. This can lead to loss of eye sight but can be treated when spotted early.

Diabetes occurs when a person has high blood sugar and the the pancreas cannot produce a sufficient balance of insulin. People with diabetes also have a tendancy suffer from cataract and macular diseases.

If you are suffering from any vision problems or you think you have any eye complaints such as dry eye or conjunctivitis, it is wise to book an appointment with our optician as soon as possible. Your eye test will also detect early signs of more threatening eye conditions such as glaucoma as well as detecting high blood pressure.