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Free eye tests and contact lens fittings available at University clinic

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Free eye examinations

You can book for a free eye examination (eye test) and we also dispense spectacles and safety spectacles at set prices. The appointment takes two hours and our final year Optometry students perform the eye examination and spectacle dispensing under supervision by fully qualified staff.

Free contact lens fittings and check-ups

Available to everyone aged 16 and over, we stock a wide range of contact lenses from all the main contact lens manufacturers including daily disposable, monthly disposable, coloured, toric, rigid and bifocal contact lenses. You are required to have an up-to-date prescription for your eye examination.

All contact lens wearers and those wishing to try contact lenses for the first time are welcome.

Children’s examinations

Do you have a child under the age of 16? Have they had their eyes examined recently?

The Optometry Clinic has a specialist paediatric clinic to give our students experience in examining children. Fully qualified optometrists with a specialist interest in examining children staff our clinic. We have after school and half term appointments available.

The NHS pays for sight tests for children under 16 years of age, and those aged 16 to 18 in full-time education. If your child needs glasses, the NHS will give you a voucher, which may cover the full cost of glasses, or you can put it towards the cost if you want something more expensive.

Find out more:

  • If you’d like to make an appointment, please telephone 0161 306 3860 or 0161 275 5354. We are situated in the Carys Bannister building, just off Dover Street.
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