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Optometry services (COVID-19)

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Phased return of Optometry services

The phased return of primary care ophthalmic services across Northern Ireland will start from 29 June 2020.

Patients with the most urgent need and eye care conditions such as loss of vision, educational and occupational visual needs, and post-operative care will be prioritised.

Reminders for routine eye examinations will not be part of this phase of the services offered.

Optometrists will continue to offer remote or virtual consultations where possible, seeing patients face-to-face where necessary.

To prepare for a return to routine service, optometrists will be expected to establish infection control precautions, implement social and physical distancing in their premises and use suitable protective equipment.

There are three phases to the return of routine ophthalmic services:

Phase 1 – 29 June 2020

Phase 2

Phase 3

If you have an eyecare issue, find out what to do and for eyecare emergencies such as a severe injury, you should go directly and immediately to your local Accident and Emergency department.

In the video below Raymond Curran, Head of Ophthalmic Services, HSCB, explains what ophthalmic services will be offered and how the delivery of some of these may change.