The College of Optometrists

Key points

  • The domiciliary eye examination is available for patients who are unable to attend a practice due to physical or mental disability.
  • You must provide the service only at the request of the patient, a relative or primary carer.
  • You should use your professional judgement when deciding whether to offer a domiciliary eye examination.
  • You should be flexible when examining the patient and adapt your techniques as required.
  • You should have suitable portable equipment.
  • There are additional factors to take into account if you carry out eye examinations in residential homes.
This guidance does not change what you must do under the law.

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