Coates Opticians

Your independent Opticians in Cottingham

Eye Care

Eye Care

Most people think an eye test is carried out to check if they need glasses or contact lenses.

While this is indeed an important part of the test, there is much more to an eye examination. It is also an important health check, and one which may even save your sight.

In addition, when you apply for a driving licence you're legally obliged to inform the DVLA if you have any visual conditions or risk having your licence revoked.

Private and NHS appointments available

Private and NHS appointments available

Coates Opticians offer both private and NHS eye examinations. You're eligible for a free NHS eye examination if you are:

  • Under 16 years of age.
  • Under 19 and in full-time education.
  • Receiving income support.
  • Receiving pension credit Guarantee Credit.
  • On a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
  • Receiving Income based job seekers allowance.
  • Receiving Income based employment support allowance.
  • In possession of a certificate HC2 (low income).

Childrens Eyesight

If your child is struggling to read or finding it difficult to remain on task, the cause maybe an undetected vision problem. In fact, many children suspected of having learning difficulties, dyslexia, or attention deficits, simply have problems with their vision. At Coates Opticians we offer FREE eye-examinations for all children under the age of 16.


Glaucoma is an eye disease triggered by the build-up of fluid pressure inside your eye which slowly leads to tunnel vision and eventual blindness.

The problem with glaucoma is that it usually shows few or no symptoms until it is at an advanced stage. So you probably won't be aware of glaucoma until it is well developed, by which time permanent damage will have occured to your vision.

Glaucoma affects around half a million people, mainly over the age of 40. Fortunately it can be detected in its early stages by an eye examination. What's more, glaucoma can usually be treated successfully with special eye drops.

Driving and the Law

When you apply for your driving licence, you must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have any visual condition which affects:

  • both eyes - not including short or long sight or colour blindness.
  • your sight - not including short or long sight or colour blindness - for example, if you have sight in on eye.

Driving and the Law

At the start of your practical driving test, your driving examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a parked vehicle. You'll have to read the number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate.
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate.

If you fail the eyesight test you will be automatically failed and your driving test will not continue. You'll then have to reapply for a new test with the DVLA.


One condition that can be detected during an eye examination is diabetes. This disease is the most common cause of blindness in people of working age. In fact, according to the Royal National Institute for the Blind, more than two million people in the UK are at risk of losing their vision due to diabetes.

It can affect your sight in various ways, but the most serious is when the blood vessals in the retina start leaking. Known as diabetic retinopathy, this can lead to severe, sudden and permanent loss of your vision. Most sight loss due to diabetes can be prevented, but only if it is detected early enough. The RNIB estimates that there are one million people who currently have undiagnosed diabetes.