Saunders and Schwarz

Your Local Independent Optician


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Optometrists / Optometrydd

The Welsh Eye Care Service Examination

Our Optometrists have undertaken extra training and accreditation allowing them to conduct the new style of examination known as the Primary Eyecare Acute Referral (PEARS) examination. This means that should you have an acute problem with your eyes (symptoms of less than a week duration), we will fit you in within 24 hours for an extended examination, concentrating on the health of your eyes. If we are unable to arrange an appointment within 24 hours we will provide details of other optometrists who also carry out this service. The examination may involve putting drops in the eyes to widen the pupils therefore allowing a wide, clear view of the backs of your eyes. We would advise you not to drive after this procedure, as vision may be blurry for some time afterwards.


For more information about these examinations, please follow the link:

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PEARS examination

The Welsh Eye Care Service provides patients with a more in-depth assessment of the health of the eyes, over and above that of a standard eye examination. Accredited optometrists such as ourselves have undergone further assessments and have higher minimum equipment levels than required for standard NHS eye examinations.


Research has shown that certain groups of people are much more likely to develop glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts and other related eye diseases. Other people in the scheme would find losing their sight particularly difficult, so special care needs to be taken to identify early eye disease.


For these reasons you are entitled to a Welsh Eye Care Service Examination (WECS) if:





  • You have been referred by your GP

  • You have sight in only one eye.

  • You have a hearing impairment and are profoundly deaf - sight essential for lip reading.

  • You suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa or one of your parents has an inheritable eye disease.

  • Your family origins are Black African, Black Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi.

  • You are at risk of an eye disease by other race or family reasons.