If you are house-bound or unable to attend your usual optician due to any health issue (physical or mental), you might be eligible for a free NHS-funded eye test if you are:
or on benefit
If you are not sure about your eligibility for a free NHS test, please contact us.
The procedure for a home visit is very simple:
HOME VISIT FULL EYE EXAMINATION
The optometrist will come to your home and test your eyes with his portable equipments in your usual setting (bedroom, living room or kitchen). The tests carried out by the optometrist are similar as in your usual optician, but with smaller portable equipment. The eye examination consists of a health check of the eyes and a refraction procedure to determine the power of the lenses needed for glasses.
During the health check, the optometrist will:
measure your intra-ocular pressure (glaucoma test).
check the front part of the eye and the lens of the eye to determine if any cataracts, cloudiness or opacities are present.
check the back of the eye (the retina) to investigate if any problems like bleedings, diabetes or macular degeneration are present.
Appointments last about 45-60 minutes, dependent on the tests and needs required.
CHOOSING FRAMES AND LENSES
Once the eye examination is finalised, the optometrist will give you advice; and if you need new glasses, you will be able to choose frames from a wide selection from budgets to designer brands (prices start at £69 including lenses or from free if you are on benefit). You will also be able to choose the type of lenses (simple, bifocal or varifocal) with any coatings you want (reactive light, antireflective or with no coating).
Once you are happy with your choice and price, you will be able to pay for your glasses with cash, cheque or debit/credit card. If you claim any benefit, the NHS may cover the whole amount for your glasses, so you won't need to pay anything.
Your new glasses will be ordered and will take around 2 to 3 weeks to be made and delivered.
DELIVERY AND ADJUSTMENT OF YOUR NEW GLASSES
After around 2 to 3 weeks, your optometrist will call you to tell that your glasses are ready and will be able to arrange a date for delivery directly to you home. The optometrist, himself, will bring your new glasses to you. He will adjust them and make sure that you are happy with the new glasses.