Bowden & Lowe

Eye Care

We recommend that everyone should have their eyes examined on a regular basis, as eye examinations can identify not only ocular conditions but other health conditions, such as diabetes. Bowden and Lowe recommend an Advanced Eye Examination which includes using the optomap advanced diagnostic equipment to highlight any problems as early as possible thus ensuring your peace of mind.

Standard eye examinations without the advanced screening are also available either privately or through the NHS for those that are eligible (see below). If you are a member of the Eyeplan payment schemes you are entitled to unlimited advanced eye examinations, to ensure complete peace of mind.

We accept eye care vouchers for VDU examinations and for safety spectacles. For employers we can tailor make a corporate eyecare package for your employees.
In August 2008  Bowden and Lowe became the first and only providers of the Optomap retinal screening in Medway and rural Kent It works by capturing a detailed image at your retina, which gives a much broader view of your retina, without the use of drops to dilate the pupil. This allows us to detect eye and systemic disorders and diseases at a much earlier stage. The images are displayed on-screen in the consulting room so you have full view of what we can see and can be used to track changes over time and aid onward referral for specialist advice.

The NHS offers FREE eye examinations with the advanced Optomap system to the following:
 
Children under 16 years of age
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People under 19 years of age and still in fulltime education
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People over the age of 60
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People diagnosed with Diabetes, Glaucoma (or if you are a close blood-relation to someone diagnosed with glaucoma and over the age of 40).
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People with a "complex optical prescription" as defined by the Department of Health
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People registered blind or partially-sighted
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People who are in receipt of the following benefits: Income support, Income-based job-seekers, allowance, Pension Credit, Guarantee Credit or receiving Tax Credits and meeting qualifying conditions
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On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (FulHelp) or HC3 (Partial Help) form.
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We have copies of the HC1 to apply for help in the case of low income

An upgrade to an Advanced Eye Examination is available for NHS patients
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For further information on the optomap why not check out this short video above
Optomap is a part of the advanced eye examination, and is available as standard on the Eyeplan payment plans. If you are eligible for free NHS eye examinations, you can upgrade to an advanced eye examination to ensure good eye health.

01634 851783

Opticians and Contact Lens specialists

With a combined experience of over 80 years, and as conscientious independent opticians, we like to take time to listen to your concerns and requirements before making any recommendations for your eye care and if necessary, your eye wear. Utilising the latest technology and by providing a level of care to match, our aim is for your total satisfaction.


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Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday: 09:00 - 17:30
Friday: 09:00 - 18:30
Saturday: 09:00 - 16:00

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117 Watling Street, Chatham, Gillingham ME7 2YX
01634 851783