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FREE Home Eye Tests For the Housebound & Disabled

Persons who are over the age of 60, and who are physically or mentally disabled are eligible for a free home eye examination. Templeman Opticians provide a wide range of spectacles and lens options.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for a free NHS eye test, please see our eligibility page.

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If you are elderly or medically housebound and cannot leave your place of residence or care, our optician and dispensing optician can visit you

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If you're 60 or over you qualify for a free NHS eye examination and you will not have to pay anything for your eye test.

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What happens during an eye test at home?

In order for you to receive a personal and professional service, we aim to:

  • Conduct thorough and professional eye examinations to the same standard as you would expect in a high street practice.
  • Carry out the examination with the latest optical equipment in the comfort of your own home.
  • Provide examinations carried out by an Optometrist registered with the British College of Optometrists.
  • Provide a prompt and responsive locally based service.
  • Work closely with local GPs and eye clinics. 
  • Offer an extensive range of very competitively priced frames and lens.
    Encourage clients to use their own frames where possible.
  • Providing training to carers on how they can maximise quality of sight and an explanation of common eye diseases.

If you need to change your glasses

Your optometrist will bring a selection of new frames, in a range of styles and prices, for you to try on. If you don’t find a style that you like or that suits your budget, don’t be afraid to ask if you can see some more. 

If you have old frames that you’d like to use again ask the optometrist to inspect them to see if they’re still suitable. Always ask for a statement of the exact cost of the frames and lenses before agreeing to go ahead with the order. 

You may be entitled to help with the cost of NHS glasses so remember to ask the optometrist about this.

When your spectacles are ready the optometrist will contact you again to arrange delivery. The person who delivers your glasses should make sure they fit you comfortably.

Frequently asked questions

you will receive a complete home eye examination and health check, usually taking between 30 to 50 mins.

After your eye test at home our optician will discuss the results and also give you a copy of your prescription.

With over 1000 different glasses frame styles, brands, variations, sizes and colours.

  • Unable to leave home unaccompanied or
  • Require a home visit on account of a physical or mental disability

And you fall into one of the categories for a free NHS sight test listed below:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma
  • 40 or over with a direct relative with glaucoma, or you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • Prescribed a complex lens.

or you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (not contribution based)
  • Working Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate
  • Child Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate
  • You are named on a NHS certificate for full or partial help with health costs (HC2/3)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

Our Home visiting opticians are fully qualified and experienced in conducting eye care & eye tests at home.

  • You will always see the same friendly faces on your home Visit.
  • None of our opticians or assistants work on commission base. 
  • We believe you deserve expert eye care without a hurried service or pressure to deal with sales staff. 
  • Our Friendly fully qualified optometrists bring a smile

When your new glasses are ready you will receive a call from wendy arranging a date and time that’s convenient with you to deliver your new glasses.

Then you will receive another home visit to deliver them and ensure they fit comfortably from our dispensing optician.

Templeman Opticians are specialists in private, and NHS funded home eye care services.

We specialise in home visits opticians services & Home eye tests focused on improving the eye care of people over 60! 

Extensive knowledge of dementia and we are also able to train the care home staff. Making home eye care a priority 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed. 

We take care of everything from home eye tests and dispensing of glasses to a comprehensive eye care aftercare service

No, for a home eye test with Templeman Opticians you only simply need to call our number on 01268 777729.

T`here is no paperwork to fill in and you will not be charged for your home eye test as its funded and supported by the NHS.

Yes if you would like a normal eye test we have a private practise you can visit.

With over 1000 Brands of glasses for you to choose from. 

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Templeman Opticians is now based in Rochford, in  Essex of England.

We used to be based in Rayleigh, Essex we have recently moved. 

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Our team of specialist mobile opticians can come to those who can’t visit us in store unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability.

In order to be eligible for a home visit, you or someone you know might:

  • have a condition that stops you from leaving your home unaccompanied due to poor health, or

  • be living with a diagnosed mental health condition that prevents you from leaving your home without the assistance of another person, or

  • be housebound or bedbound due to a physical disability

What do we mean by a physical or mental illness?

There are many conditions and reasons why someone might not able to leave their home unaccompanied. It’s best to talk to us about your situation so we can determine if you do meet the criteria, but to try and help make it a little clearer, here are a few examples. Conditions may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Severe arthritis
  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A condition that affects your mobility
  • A condition that affects your short term memory
  • An illness that requires constant medication (for example, oxygen)
  • A temporary medical reason prohibiting you from leaving your home (such as vertigo)
  • A temporary illness that prevents a person from leaving the home unaccompanied
  • A medical professional has advised you not to leave home without help

Whatever the reason is, if you or someone you know can’t leave the home without the assistance of another person, then get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to have a home eye test.

Who qualifies for a free home eye test?

Those who have a physical or mental illness which prevents you from leaving your home unaccompanied.

Those who are eligible for free NHS-funded eye test by checking the criteria below.

The majority of our customers qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. See if you do by checking if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • Aged 40 or over and have a family member diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • Receiving benefit*
  • Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate (full help). Those named on an NHS HC3 certificate (partial help) may also get help with the cost of a private eye test
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on the entitlement)

*You’re also entitled if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Who does not qualify for our home visit service?

No matter what condition you have, if you are physically able to leave your home on your own without needing help or assistance of another person, you will not qualify for a free NHS-funded home eye test.

We are also unable to visit patients in hospital.

Our team of specialist mobile opticians can come to those who can’t visit us in-store unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability.


In order to be eligible for a home visit, you or someone you know might:

  • have a condition that stops you from leaving your home unaccompanied due to poor health, or

  • be living with a diagnosed mental health condition that prevents you from leaving your home without the assistance of another person, or

  • be housebound or bedbound due to a physical disability


What do we mean by a physical or mental illness?


There are many conditions and reasons why someone might not able to leave their home unaccompanied. It’s best to talk to us about your situation so we can determine if you do meet the criteria, but to try and help make it a little clearer, here are a few examples. 


Conditions may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Severe arthritis
  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A condition that affects your mobility
  • A condition that affects your short term memory
  • An illness that requires constant medication (for example, oxygen)
  • A temporary medical reason prohibiting you from leaving your home (such as vertigo)
  • A temporary illness that prevents a person from leaving the home unaccompanied
  • A medical professional has advised you not to leave home without help

Whatever the reason is, if you or someone you know can’t leave the home without the assistance of another person, then get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to have a home eye test.


Who qualifies for a free home eye test?


Those who have a physical or mental illness which prevent you from leaving your home unaccompanied.

Those who are eligible for free NHS-funded eye tests by checking the criteria below.

The majority of our customers qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. 


See if you do by checking if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • Aged 40 or over and have a family member diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • Receiving benefit*
  • Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate (full help). Those named on an NHS HC3 certificate (partial help) may also get help with the cost of a private eye test
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on the entitlement)


*You’re also entitled if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: Income Support, Income-related Employment, and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.