Eye-Tests and Prescriptions
A:You can often underestimate how important a regular eye examination is. Everyday situations such as using a computer, watching television and driving can all put a strain on your eyes so it is important to have a regular check-up. An eye test can help detect eye conditions like long or short sightedness and eye disease before you notice the effect on your sight. Below 40 years of age, we recommend that you have a sight test at least every 2 years. Above 40 or if there is any history of eye disease in your family, you should have a test every year.
A:After asking you a few questions on your vision, general health, family, work and lifestyle in general, our opticians will examine your eyes for the following:
â—¦unaided and aided (with any glasses or contacts you already use)
â—¦eye muscle performance and health
â—¦internal eye health, ideally using our state of the art Retinal Scanner*
â—¦front of eye health â€“ eye fluid pressure
Retinal Screening is available at an extra cost.
Further test for depth perception, colour vision and visual field may also be performed if required. All these tests are carried out using the very best in eye examination technology and with your James Read optician providing step by step explanations, so that you know whatâ€™s involved at each stage.
A: If you are already a James Read customer, we will be able to check your records. But if youâ€™re new to James Read youâ€™ll need to have an eye examination (unless you have a valid, in-date prescription from a qualified practitioner).
A:Yes you can reschedule or cancel your eye appointment but we require 48 hour cancellation notice.
A:Contact lenses can be a great choice for many people. Recent advances in lens design mean that contact lenses are comfortable, offer better vision and are more affordable than ever before.
To find out which contact lens is suitable for you, please book ancontact lens examination and assessment today.
A:Contact lenses offer freedom from wearing glasses, look more natural and provide an unobstructed view and are suitable for people of all ages who live an active lifestyle. They are great for sports, dancing, driving and many other activities. Youâ€™re also able to wear your choice of sunglasses with contact lenses.
A:Even young children can wear contact lenses and research has shown they can be very successful. Freedom from glasses can boost childrenâ€™s self-confidence, as well as allowing them to participate fully at school, at sports and at play. For the best advice, please book an appointment or pop in to our store where one of our qualified opticians will be able to help.
A:Yes, you need a valid and in-date prescription for contact lenses. Contact lenses come in many designs and only an optometrist or eye specialist is qualified to know and recommend which lens and prescription is right for you.
A:No. A contact lens prescription is different from a spectacle prescription.
A:We stock all types of contact lenses, including daily disposals, monthly wear, twice monthly/fortnightly, gas permeable and coloured lenses.
A:Yes! Ordering your contact lenses couldnâ€™t be easier thanks to our direct mail scheme. Simply go to our James Read store, sign up and from then on, your contact lenses will always be delivered straight to your door. You also receive extra benefits when you sign onto this scheme.
A:Itâ€™s important to follow all recommended procedures but some hygiene measures are crucial. Always wash and dry your hands before touching your lenses.
If you wear daily disposable lenses apply a fresh lens directly from the pack and discard after each use.
If your lenses are re-usable, rub and rinse them with solution before you put them on your eyes and before you store them.
Make sure you empty the lens case after each use, clean and air dry it and replace the case regularly.
Never use tap water to store, clean or rinse your lenses or case. Only use the solution recommended by your practitioner and follow the instructions carefully. You may be asked to take along your case and solution when you go for your aftercare appointment.
A:Occasionally you may experience mild discomfort or redness with your lenses.
If discomfort is caused by a dirty, dusty or damaged lens, or by the lens being inside out, symptoms usually improve when the lens is removed.
In almost all cases of infection remove your contact lenses and contact your optician.
A:Follow our Opticianâ€™s advice carefully to achieve the best possible comfort and vision.
Hygiene is especially important, such as always washing and drying your hands before touching your lenses.
Donâ€™t forget youâ€™ll need regular visits to check the health of your eyes, find out about the latest advances in contact lenses and make sure your lenses are the best for you and your eyesight.
Doâ€™s and Donâ€™ts of contact lens wear:
Here are some useful tips to help you get the best out of your lenses:
â—¦Have regular check-ups as advised by our Optometrists
â—¦Wash and dry your hands prior to handling your lenses
â—¦Rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution before and after each use (except single-use lenses, which should be discarded after each wear)
â—¦Clean the lens case with solution, wipe with a clean tissue then air-dry after each use
â—¦Always apply the right lens first to avoid mixing them up
â—¦Check the lens is not inside out before applying
â—¦Handle carefully to avoid damaging the lens
â—¦Apply your lenses before putting on make-up
â—¦Remove lenses then remove make-up
â—¦Keep your eyes closed when using hairspray or other aerosols
â—¦Replace your lens case at least monthly
â—¦Discard lenses and solutions that are past their expiry date
â—¦Wear only the lenses specified by our Optometrists
â—¦Stick strictly to the recommended wearing schedule and replacement frequency
â—¦Make sure you have an adequate supply of replacement lenses or a spare pair
â—¦Have an up-to-date pair of spectacles for when you need to remove your lenses
â—¦Use tap water, or any other water, on your lenses or lens case
â—¦Wet your lenses with saliva
â—¦Put a lens on the eye if it falls on the floor or other surface, without cleaning and storing again
â—¦Apply a lens if it is dirty, dusty or damaged
â—¦Continue to wear your lenses if your eyes donâ€™t feel good, look good, or see well
â—¦Re-use or top up solution â€“ discard and replace with fresh solution each time lenses are stored
â—¦Decant solution into smaller containers
â—¦Wear lenses left in the case for more than seven days without cleaning and storing them in fresh solution
â—¦Sleep in your lenses unless specifically advised to by your practitioner
â—¦Wear any lens overnight if you are unwell
â—¦Use your lenses for swimming, hot tubs or water sports, unless wearing goggles
â—¦Wear your lenses when showering unless you keep your eyes firmly closed
â—¦Switch the solution you use except on the advice of your practitioner
â—¦Use any eye drops without advice from your contact lens practitioner
â—¦Share contact lenses or wear any lenses not specified by your practitioner
Remember that if you have any questions about your contact lenses you should consult our Opticians for advice. Go to www.bcla.org.uk for more information on contact lenses.
Choosing and buying spectacles and sunglasses
A:Yes, but it depends on the damage and the type of repair needed. We can replace screws free of charge and conduct a free service on your spectacles. In some cases, where spectacles are badly damaged, a new pair will need to be purchased.
A:Yes, we sell single vision lenses, varifocal lenses, bifocal lenses and transitions lenses. Our experts in store will help find the perfect lens for you and your frames.
A:Yes, in most instances we can put your recommended prescription in your chosen pair of sunglasses; however, it is not possible in all styles.
A:When selecting your glasses, our skilled teams will assist you in choosing a suitable frame for your visual, lifestyle and vocational needs. Any necessary adjustments will be made upon collection of your new glasses. If they are anything less than a perfect fit, pop into one of our James Read stores for a complimentary fitting and adjustment.
A:You can purchase a gift voucher by popping in to our Upminster store.
A:James Read gift vouchers are valid one year from the date of purchase.
A:Gift cards are non-refundable, once purchased they cannot be returned or exchanged.
A:19A Station Road, Upminster, Essex RM14 2SJ
A:Our store opening hours are 9.00 â€“ 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, closed Bank Holidays.
A:We offer a full refund on damaged or faulty goods on spectacles and a full refund on sunglass frames:
Only payments for prescription spectacles or lenses, which are faulty or not to the correct specifications will be refunded in full. Charges for professional fees are non-refundable under any circumstances.
We will offer you a full refund or exchange on Sunglasses, (not including accidental damage/scratch lenses or decorative stones) within 30 days of purchase with the original receipt the product must be returned in its original packaging. The product and packaging must be in a saleable condition.
Gift cards, once purchased are non-refundable under any circumstances.
Prescription goods requiring a refund must be returned with proof of purchase.
Refunds will not be given without proof of purchase.
This does not affect your statutory rights.
CREDIT/DEBIT CARD POLICY
Due to the increase in card fraud we will, on occasion, telephone the card issuer for direct authorisation on your purchase. You may also be requested for an additional form of ID.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.