Domiciliary optometrist

Domiciliary optometrists get out into their local community - making sure that those who can't visit the examining room can still receive high quality eye health care.

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Domiciliary optometry takes eye health care out of the examining room and into patients' homes, care homes and community and day care centres. Patients may have dementia, learning difficulties or physical disabilities and so the optometrist needs a range of specialised skills in order to communicate effectively and deliver a thorough eye examination in a way that meets their particular needs.

As a domiciliary optometrist, I'm out seeing patients on their territory; in their homes, community centres or care homes etc, where I set up a testing room. I see between 7-18 patients each day with varying levels of dementia, also learning difficulties, stroke, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and agoraphobia.

Sophie Hammond MCOptom Domiciliary optometrist