It might be tough, especially for new students, to remember getting regular check-ups and seeing a GP when things go wrong. I have so many friends who would just rather just wait to get better, or put it off till they get home to see a GP. I remember seeing my optician in Nigeria before coming back last September just so I wouldn’t have to get my prescriptions here. I didn’t do that because I thought it was better back home, but rather because I was more comfortable with an optician I had used for years.
However, waiting for months to go home and see a doctor is inadvisable especially for international students who don’t usually go home as often as home students do. Registering is free in the Health and Wellbeing Center which is just a 2 minute walk from Edge Hill, and the appointments are free. The only thing you get to pay for as far as I know is prescriptions, and I got mine for free until I turned 19 anyway.
For those who use glasses or contact lenses (like I used to :D), Conlons Opticians in Ormskirk town centre gives great student discounts, and free eye tests which I took advantage of myself. http://www.conlons.co.uk/Ormskirk. However, they only offer contracts of at least 6 months when it comes to actually using their contact lenses and this is because they give you a free 3 month supply of contact lenses.
If you are seeking something not so binding, perhaps you can try Specsavers which is also in Ormskirk. I do not know much about it, but for more information you can visit http://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/ormskirk/print/ .