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An optometrist (commonly known as an optician), examines your eye health, tests your sight and prescribes and fits glasses and/or contact lenses, if you need them.
They also give advice on visual problems and can detect any disease or abnormality in your eyes. If necessary, they will refer you on you your GP or an eye clinic for further investigation.
Opticians will ask you about your visual, lifestyle and work needs, and then advise you accordingly.
At the end of your sight test, you will be given a written copy of the outcome of the examination which will include your spectacle prescription. This can be used to purchase your spectacles from wherever you choose.
More information about visiting an optician, inlcuding what to expect and associated costs can be found on the NHS Choices website.