Our eyesight naturally changes as we get older. So much so that almost all of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses by the time we are 65 years of age. Research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) shows that 1.7 million people over the age of 65 are living with significant sight loss. This can have a negative impact on older people, such as being more susceptible to falls as well as losing their independence and confidence.
By having regular eye tests, wearing the correct lenses and generally looking after our eyes, we not only improve balance, co-ordination and mobility, but will increase our chances of our sight remaining clearer for longer.
Eye examination procedure
Our eye examination procedure in a care home setting is essentially the same procedure as your resident would get by visiting any well known high street optician. The difference is that as a domiciliary optician, we come to you at your convenience. We use smaller, portable equipment to examine the eyes and carry out tests for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye conditions and diseases that can affect us all in later life.
Personalised eye examination report
As a primary health specialist, your optometrist is required (under NHS regulations) to sign and issue the ‘GOS 2 Patient’s optical prescription or statement’ form, at the end of every sight test.
If any of your residents are aged 60 or over, they are entitled to a free NHS eye test every two years;those aged 70 or over, are entitled to a free NHS eye test every year. If following an eye examination in the care home, any of your residents require spectacles, they may also be entitled to NHS optical vouchers that can help with the cost.
Following your residents’ eye examinations, if spectacles are required, we can help them determine which frames and lenses are most suitable. We have a wide selection of frames to choose from including low-priced glasses, modern lightweight frames and designer eyewear that we are able to offer at very affordable prices.
Your organisations’ satisfaction with our service is of utmost importance to us. For peace of mind, we provide a full 12 month aftercare service including any repairs and adjustments, for your care home residents new glasses and contact lenses.
We provide staff training on a quarterly basis for our care home clients. These sessions, which are arranged at a time that best suits care home staff, are designed to raise awareness about common eye conditions and diseases that may be affecting the quality of life of their residents.