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Home visits

Mearns Opticians are a community eye care provider, who provide a specialist domiciliary eye care service at home, including the dispensing of spectacles from a wide range of affordable frames.

Full aftercare is provided and if necessary, we can arrange for you to have a chat with one our specialist optometrists.

This caring, friendly & well organised service receives referrals from GP’s, community nursing staff, social services, care organisations, pharmacies, many high street opticians and other allied health care professionals throughout East Renfrewshire and surrounding areas.

Our specially qualified, registered optometrists will visit you at your home or normal place of residence, and conduct a full and comprehensive eye test. The equipment we use at Mearns Opticians has been specifically designed for domiciliary use, and we offer the same standard of eye test that you have come to expect from your high street opticians.

NHS Scotland meets the full cost of your home eye test, and if eligible, the full or partial cost of your spectacle lenses.

The cost of your spectacle frames varies depending on your budget and choice of style. We carry with us a wide variety of frames ranging for our budget FREE range, to our mid-to-high end range. We have a solution to suit everyone’s budget.

Click here for information on home visits to Residential Care Homes and Sheltered Housing.

Home Visits FAQ’s

Your Eye Test Explained

Our specialised equipment is specifically for use in domiciliary (home) eye tests. Many patients in the UK are unable to visit a high street opticians, and the quality of care you receive should not be compromised.

Vision Health Opticians employ carefully selected Optometrists with specialist qualifications and support staff, who are vastly experienced and fully understand the requirements of those who cannot leave home unattended. This ensures they can provide a full eye test in the comfort of your own home and tailor it to your needs.

When the Vision Health staff arrive at your home, we will adapt our examination process to suit your living environment, then the following process will take place:

1. Testing Equipment. We will set up essentially a mini test room using our special purpose testing equipment.

2. General Health. Our Optometrist will ask questions related to your general health and current medications.

3. Examine your eyes. Using specially designed equipment, our Optometrist will assess the health of your eyes, starting from the lids and lashes area at the front, and each further element and segment of you eye will be examined for any ocular problems or abnormalities.

4. Assessing your vision. During this part of the eye test, we will assess your level of vision and establish whether or not you require a new spectacle prescription or change in your current prescription.

5. Discuss findings. At the end of the eye test the Optometrist will discuss everything from the test; your eye health, any recommendations, and they will prescribe any medications if required. If there is any need to be referred on for further assessments, this will be discussed also. If new spectacles are required, the Optometrist / Dispensing assistant will discuss the best options for you in terms of frames and lenses within your budget. For various reasons many patients have reduced vision that cannot be improved with the use of spectacles alone, they can however at times be helped with low vision aids, this may include the use of magnifiers and addition lighting at home, the optometrist will discuss these options if required.

We offer full and free aftercare, and any concerns you may have in the future can be discussed with us at any time. Simply contact us and if your enquiry cannot be dealt with at that time, one of our Specialist Optometrists will call you back.

If you would like to book a home eye test please use our apointment page or call us on 0141 639 2121.

NHS Elegibility

At Mearns Opticians we try to ensure that all of our patients received the full optical entitlement under the NHS.

In Scotland, the sight test is free to all. For visits at home (‘domiciliary’ visits), you are eligible for free eye tests provided you are unable to visit a high street optician unattended.

If you are in receipt of the appropriate benefits, you are entitled to NHS optical voucher/ NHS spectacles:

– If you receive Income Support
– If you and/or your partner receives Pension Credit Guarantee
– If you and/or your partner has a valid HC2 certificate (certificate number and expiry date required)
– If you and/or your partner has a valid HC3 certificate (certificate number, expiry date and amount that voucher will be reduced by, are all required)

If you would like to book a home eye test visit our appointments page or call us on 0141 639 2121.

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