At Care Home Opticians, we believe that every single person should receive great eye care, without having to compromise the service they receive. However, we appreciate that getting to a practice may be a struggle for some individuals.

Whether you suffer from a disability, mobility issue or agoraphobia, if you are unable to get to an opticians unassisted, you may be entitled to a free sight test at home, funded by the NHS.

You may have some reservations about being visited at home, so here are some fantastic reasons why you should take advantage of having an optician come to you.

1. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home

If you can’t get to an optometry practice, you don’t have to worry. A mobile optician means that you will be visited in your home/care home, and you don’t have the leave the comfort of your surroundings. Your test will be conducted using all the equipment you would expect to see in a practice and because the optician has come to you, there isn’t so much of a time restriction. This means you will have plenty of opportunity to discuss any concerns you have regarding your eye health, and have everything explained to you by a professional, so that you understand fully.

2. You don’t have to rely on anyone to get you to your appointment

You may sometimes feel like an inconvenience if you have to ask a relative or friend to help you get to important appointments. By having an optician come to you, you can eliminate this concern because you can arrange a time and date for your sight test that suits you. However, if you would feel more comfortable having someone with you whilst you have your eye examination, that is completely fine.

3. You’re entitled to free eye examinations, courtesy of the NHS

If you cannot make it to your eye examinations unassisted due to a disability, mobility problem etc. your test is paid for by the NHS; so cost is another thing you don’t have to worry about.

4. Your eye examination is more relaxed

When you visit your optician you might feel like the questions you have probably have straightforward answers. However, when it comes to your eyesight there is no such thing as a stupid question.

The main benefit of having a mobile optician to answer your questions is that you don’t need to worry about being hurried. Majority of mobile opticians are in charge of their own diaries, which means you have plenty of time to discuss any concerns you’re having, with answers being provided in a language you understand.

Being visited at home means you’re not in a queue, and can take as much time as you need until you are fully satisfied with the service you have received.

5. You’ll receive the same high level eye test you would expect from a practice optician

The individual conducting your eye exam will only ever be a fully qualified optician; so the test you receive will be of the same high quality you would expect to have from a practice optician. Your examination will be carried out using the same equipment used in a practice and the care you receive will be indisputable.

You can also look forward to having extra time spent on you in order to make sure that the results your optician receives are extremely accurate.

6. You can find your perfect eyewear easily

If you need new eyewear once you’ve had your examination, your optician will help you choose the perfect pair of glasses to benefit your lifestyle. When they come to visit you, the optician will bring a fantastic variety of spectacles and lenses so that you can see which ones will best suit you. What’s more, you’ll be trying different lenses and frames in your familiar surroundings. You can therefore make a decision based on the lighting in your home and what you wear from day to day etc.

7. You’ll be examined by the same optician on each visit

Being examined by the same optician each time you have your sight tested means that you will become familiar with the person treating you, enabling you to relax a bit more. A familiar face allows you to build a relationship with the person you are trusting with your most precious sense, and therefore you will know who you are going to be seeing once your next test is due.

It’s important to remember that you should be having your eyes tested once a year; more regularly if you have been advised by your optician.

By having an optician come to you, not only will you benefit from the points above, but minimal effort is required on your part. You no longer need to worry about missing important sight examinations, and you can look forward to receiving fantastic results from the comfort of your own home.

If you would like more information about having your eyes tested at home, or would like to know if you are eligible for an NHS funded eye exam, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us by calling 01384 234779 or by sending an email to