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New guide to sight tests at home

News posted: 13/04/2013

The Optical Confederation has produced a new guide to the domiciliary eye health service. The leaflet ‘Sight tests at home’ developed by the Optical Confederation’s Domiciliary Eyecare Committee, and also endorsed by the College of Optometrists and the Thomas Pocklington Trust, sets out to explain the key aspects of eye care for those who are unable to visit a high street optician unaccompanied due to a mental or physical disability.

The leaflet describes:

  • The benefits of a sight test
  • What a domiciliary sight test is
  • How to access the service
  • NHS entitlements in all four UK countries
  • Signing the forms
  • What the patient or carer can do before the test to gain the most benefit
  • What happens after the test
  • Day-to-day eye care

Chair of the Domiciliary Eyecare Committee, optometrist Dawn Roberts, said “Ensuring that vulnerable people have access to high-quality eye care remains a high priority for the Optical Confederation and the wider sector. Eye health at any age is precious; this applies as much to people who cannot get to a high street practice as those who can. We hope that this leaflet will help raise awareness of the service for everyone who can benefit as well as relatives, carers and health and social care colleagues.”

The sight tests at home leaflet is available to download by using the link below. Orders for hard copy should be sent by email to stating delivery address and quantity required, (P&P will be charged at cost for larger orders).

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