Coronavirus has changed the way all our health services work. All optometry practices (opticians) are now open, but services will be delivered differently during the pandemic.
If you have an eye problem, you should always contact your opticians first. It’s also important to have a regular NHS funded eye examination as this can help to detect any eye problems and signs of other significant health conditions before they become more serious.
Due to physical distancing and infection control measures, opticians can only offer a certain amount of appointments each day, and priority will be given to people with emergency or essential eye problems.
When attending your appointment, your opticians will look a bit different, but please follow the guidance to help reduce the risk of infection.
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Your Optometry Service
If you have eye problems, you should contact an optometrist at a local opticians to arrange an appointment.
They will assess the problem and advise you if it is urgent. They have the training and necessary specialist equipment to assess eye problems and can treat and manage many conditions themselves.
Optometrists can refer you directly to hospital if the problem is more serious or an emergency.
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