Pearl Vision on Mitcham Road not only houses a pharmacy and a photo-developing facility, but an optometrist too, so we sent our editor, (who recently had a health check from Pearl) to get his eyes looked at...
On a beautiful sunny spring morning, I strolled into Pearl Chemist in Tooting and was greeted by Meera, the optometrist and Sinead, the optical assistant.
After Sinead took my details (address, date of birth etc), Meera led me into a consulting room where she asked me questions about my general health (and that of my eyes).
She then tested my eye pressure and how well my eyes focus, before administering a visual field test to check my peripheral vision.
A sight test followed, and the health of my eyes was also looked at. Meera informed me that checking the eyes can detect signs of diabetes, raised blood pressure or high cholesterol, so a thorough eye check is incredibly useful for informing the optometrist of certain health issues. The optometrist can then address any signs or symptoms of poor health and advise on the best course of action.
The whole procedure took a little under half an hour, and was efficient, friendly, and professional. Meera encouraged me to ask any questions that I had about the process.
A private check costs £20, but many patients are entitled to a free eye test at Pearl – give them a call on 0208 672 2158 to find out if you’re eligible.
Meera is eager to let people know that tests are free for children under 16, 16-18 year olds in full time education, and NUS members. “Kids regularly get their teeth checked, but their eyes are just as important, if not more so,” said Meera, “and yet they hardly check them at all. We’d like to make parents aware that they can get their children’s eyes tested here for no charge so that they can maintain healthy eyes – after all, we’ve all only got one pair!” Parents who wish to know more about the health of their children’s eyes can find out more here.
Pearl are also offering eye tests free until the end of May to patients who mention Tooting Daily PRSS – this will also get you a 10% discount on a full set of glasses or contact lenses. They’ll also add free Multi Anti-reflective (MAR) coating for all complete sets of glasses purchased.
To book an appointment or for more information, call Pearl Vision on 020 8672 2158, or visit them at 134-136 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9NH.