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 the Department of Health and Social Care, Family Practitioner 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.
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