Bringing eye care to you at home

Our at-home eye test is for you if you're having problems with your eyesight but find it hard to get out to an optician.

It's easy to book

Book using our online form, or call us on 0800 60 50 40.

NHS entitlement

Click here to check your entitlement to a home NHS eye test.

Wide range of glasses

Choose from our range of frames to find the perfect pair.

The eye test was extremely thorough and the choice of frames much more comprehensive than we expected from a home visit.

Google review - October 2021

I was very satisfied with the excellent level of service from the OutsideClinic team.

Google Review - October 2021

Excellent, very polite and professional.

Trustpilot review - October 2021

The appointment was easy to make, the optometrist who came to our home was both professional and friendly.

Google review - October 2021

A truly personal service

An eye test at home is not only convenient - our optician can also see how you like to read and watch TV, so they can make sure you're getting the best help for your eyes. You can talk privately in the relaxed surroundings of your own home, and it's easy to invite a friend or relative if you wish.

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Free NHS eye tests and optical vouchers

If you rely on friends or family to get out to the opticians, you may be entitled to have your home eye test free of charge, funded by the NHS, and you don't need a referral.

Find out now by answering a couple of questions.

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Choosing new glasses

You can try on a wide range of frames - so it’s easy to find one that feels comfortable, suits your face and fits your budget. Your optician will talk you through all the different lenses including the latest ultra-thin, multifocal lenses, or Transitions® that change colour in sunlight.

Prices start at just £50 for standard single vision and £100 for multifocal - and if you’re eligible, you may qualify for NHS funding towards your new glasses.

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Meet the team

Our professional, qualified optometrists cover the whole of the UK, so there is also someone nearby in your local area. They are supported by our head office to ensure you the best service available.

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On the day

What you can expect when one of our opticians comes to your home to examine your eyes

Before the optician examines your eyes they’ll ask you some questions to make sure they understand your general health, your family medical history, and any specific problems you’re experiencing with your vision right now.

The more information you can give them the better they’ll be able to help you, just like in any other professional healthcare situation, and they’ll always treat any medical information you share with them as confidential.

The optician will check the general health of your eyes before they test your vision, which will involve using several different pieces of equipment.

The first piece of equipment they’ll use is an ophthalmoscope, which shines a light into each eye, so they can examine the health of your eyes both inside and out. Then they’ll use a retinoscope, which helps them look at your eyes in even greater detail and gives them an idea of what kind of prescription you might need – if any. They’ll also assess your eye muscles, looking at how well your eyes work together, as well as measuring your eye pressure using a tonometer. This helps them check for the presence of glaucoma. The tonometer doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t involve using eye drops, and it doesn’t puff air into the eye – at most you might feel a slight tickling sensation.

If the optician finds any eye health issues that need further investigation they’ll first make sure you fully understand the situation, before getting your permission to refer you to a suitable specialist at your local hospital, normally through your GP.

When the optician comes to test your vision they’ll use what’s known as ‘the letter chart’, which you’ve probably experienced before. They’ll ask you to look at the letter chart through a variety of different lenses to discover which lens makes your vision the clearest. This will help them understand how long- or short-sighted you are and allow them to fine-tune the prescription you need.

At each stage of both your health check and vision test the optician will explain what they’re doing, so you’re always aware of what’s happening and why.

When our optician comes to examine your eyes, they might find you need to update your glasses – or perhaps buy a pair for the first time. If that’s the case then they’ll be happy to show you the wide range of frames we offer, so you can easily find a pair that feel comfortable to wear, suit your face, and fit your budget. If you want to, you can order what you need right then and there.

Once your glasses are ready, which is usually between 2-4 weeks after your eye test, they will be sent to you by post and a fitting appointment can be arranged if necessary.

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