Sight Test Information
An NHS sight test can only be provided by an ophthalmic medical practitioner or ophthalmic optician (Optometrist) and a list of Isle of Man Opticians can be found below. Sight tests are provided free to all patients, usually on a bi-annual basis which is in line with best clinical practice as advised by the Association of Optometrists and reflects the recall periods for the National Health Services in England. Sight test intervals are dependent on the age of the patient and whether the patient suffers from certain medical conditions. The Isle of Man sight test intervals are as follows:
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Outside of the above intervals, Opticians may make a clinical decision to test a patient’s sight sooner than the agreed intervals and there are various reasons why this would happen. If in doubt, please contact your optician who will be able to advise if you fit into one of the early recall categories.
Help towards the cost of your glasses
Whilst the supply and repair of glasses is essentially a private arrangement between the patient and the optician, in certain circumstances NHS vouchers are made available by Manx Care, Primary Care Services, to help towards the cost. These vouchers are available for children and other specified groups. Your optician can provide you with further information in relation to your eligibility for a voucher.
The office opening hours for Primary Care Services are 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Douglas and district
- Holmes and Davidson
- Gillian Sheard (Optometrists) Ltd
- Patricia Wild Opticians
- Boots Opticians Professional Services Ltd
- Specsavers (Isle of Man) Ltd
- Tracy Vanderplank Opticians
Port Erin and district
Ramsey and district
Onchan and district
How to Make a Compliment or Complaint
If you wish to make a comment about an Optical Practice or to compliment their services, you can do this by either telling the practice direct or by contacting Family Practitioner Services (contact details above).
If you are dissatisfied about the services provided to you by your Optician Practice you can either contact the Practice directly or the Primary Care Optical Service Team, who will pass on your complaint to the relevant Optician Practice. To make a formal complaint, this must be in writing either by letter or email. For more information on making a complaint.
Optical Services in the West of the Isle of Man
Primary Care Services are interested in the views of patients with regard to optical provision in the West of the Island. This survey will ask you about where you live and work on the island, where you normally access your optical services and whether the location of your current optician causes you any difficulties in accessing those services. This is an anonymous survey and you are free to leave your comments in the space provided.
Isle of Man Optical Practice Patient Survey
If you have had an appointment at Specsavers having been referred to the Minor Eye Conditions Service, you can complete the survey below, again this survey is anonymous.