Unlocking Independence: The Benefits of Home Eye Tests for the Elderly

As we age, our eyesight may begin to change, making regular eye check-ups a crucial part of maintaining overall health and well-being. For many elderly individuals, getting to an optician’s office can be challenging due to mobility issues or other health concerns. This is where the convenience and accessibility of home eye tests come to the rescue.

What Are Home Eye Tests?

Home eye tests, also known as domiciliary eye tests, are comprehensive eye examinations conducted in the comfort of an individual’s home. They are especially beneficial for elderly individuals who may find it difficult to travel to a traditional optician’s office. Here, we explore the numerous advantages of home eye tests for the elderly:

1. Accessibility and Convenience

The most significant advantage of home eye tests is their accessibility. Many elderly individuals face mobility issues or rely on caregivers for transportation. Home eye tests eliminate the need for travel, making it much more convenient and stress-free.

2. Personalized Care

Home eye tests provide a more personalized experience. Optometrists can take their time to understand the specific needs and concerns of each patient, addressing them with care and attention.

3. Familiar Environment

Elderly individuals are often more at ease in their own homes. By conducting eye tests at home, patients can relax in their familiar environment, reducing anxiety and enhancing the accuracy of the examination.

4. Comprehensive Examination

Home eye tests are as thorough as those conducted in a clinic. Optometrists bring the necessary equipment, including eye charts, lights, and specialized tools, to perform comprehensive eye exams.

5. Early Detection of Eye Conditions

Regular eye tests are essential for detecting and managing age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Early diagnosis and intervention can prevent vision loss and improve the quality of life.

6. Prescription Updates

For those who wear glasses or contact lenses, home eye tests ensure that prescriptions are up-to-date. This is crucial for maintaining clear and comfortable vision.

7. Convenience for Caregivers

Home eye tests are not only convenient for elderly patients but also for their caregivers. Family members or healthcare providers can be present during the examination, ensuring that the patient receives the best care possible.

8. Free NHS Home Eye Tests

In the UK, individuals who meet specific criteria are eligible for free NHS Home Eye Tests. This service is available to those who are unable to leave home unaccompanied or require a home visit due to physical or mental disabilities. It’s a valuable resource for seniors seeking accessible eye care.

Schedule Your Home Eye Test Today

At [Your Optician Practice Name], we are committed to providing top-notch eye care for our senior community. Our team of experienced optometrists is dedicated to ensuring that elderly individuals receive the eye care they deserve.

To schedule a home eye test or to inquire about eligibility for free NHS Home Eye Tests, please contact us at [01268 777729]. We’re here to support your vision and well-being, right in the comfort of your own home.

Invest in your eye health today, and experience the independence and clarity that home eye tests can offer.

Home Eye Test FAQs
  • Those who are aged 60 or over
  • Children under the age of 16
  • Those who have a diagnosed eye condition, such as glaucoma or diabetes
  • Those who are registered blind or partially sighted
  • Those who receive certain types of benefits, such as Income Support or Pension Credit

However, eligibility criteria may vary depending on your location and specific circumstances. Your mobile optician can provide guidance on whether you are eligible for an NHS-funded home eye test.

Yes, if you are eligible for NHS-funded eye care, you can have a home eye test that is fully covered by the NHS. This includes those who are over 60, under 16, or have certain medical conditions that affect their eyesight.

A home eye test usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your specific needs and the complexity of the test. However, your mobile optician will take the time to ensure that all aspects of your vision are thoroughly tested and assessed.

Our mobile opticians bring a range of equipment, including a tonometer to measure eye pressure, an ophthalmoscope to examine the inside of your eye, and a visual acuity chart to test your vision. We also bring a range of frames and lenses for you to choose from, should you need a new pair of glasses.

A home eye test usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your specific needs and the complexity of the test. However, your mobile optician will take the time to ensure that all aspects of your vision are thoroughly tested and assessed.

.If you need new glasses or contact lenses after your home eye test, our mobile opticians can provide you with a range of frames and lenses to choose from. We can also take measurements for contact lenses, so you can order them directly from us. Additionally, we can provide advice and guidance on the best type of glasses or contacts for your specific needs.

Yes, home eye tests are an excellent option for those who have difficulty traveling to an optician’s office due to mobility issues or a disability. Our mobile opticians are trained to provide comprehensive eye care services in the comfort of your own home, ensuring that you receive the care you need regardless of your physical limitations.

It is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye exam every two years, or more frequently if you have a history of eye conditions or vision problems. However, the frequency of your home eye tests may vary depending on your individual needs and health status. Your mobile optician can provide advice on how often you should have a home eye test.

To prepare for a home eye test, you should ensure that your home is well-lit and free from distractions. If you wear glasses or contacts, you should have them ready for the exam. Additionally, you should inform your mobile optician of any relevant medical history or vision concerns.

we carry out the exact same eye health services as Specsavers home visits & vision call but with more care attention and passion at all times.

Extensively trained in dealing with the elderly and members of the public who a dealing with dementia. 

Always understand the needs of the elderly & housebound and we stop at nothing to make sure their eye health is taken care of and given the full attention required. 

Templeman Opticians hold the same  certificates & licenses.

We are authorised & registered with the National Health Service complete home visit eye care and health check within Essex, UK.

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

After your eye test in 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

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

There 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.

When your new glasses are ready you will receive a call from wendy arranging a date and time thats 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.

Not everyone who has an eye tests needs a new pair of glasses.

However, if your prescription has changed or you’d like to update your glasses, you cxan choose from a wide range of frames and lenses in the comfort of your own home.

Your mobile optician will not rush you and will always make sure that they help you find the right pair of glasses that suits you best.

After this you will discuss your opticians your different lens options and tell you the total price with no hidden extras.

Using your NHS Optical Voucher could not be easier. 

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With a firm commitment to professionalism and excellence, we are proud to be NHS registered and licensed, ensuring that you receive trusted and reliable eye care services. Our caring and compassionate team takes the time to understand your unique vision concerns and provide tailored solutions that align with your lifestyle and preferences.

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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.