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Northern Ireland Primary Eyecare Assessment and Referral Scheme

Northern Ireland Primary Eyecare Assessment and Referral Service (NI PEARS)

What is NI PEARS?

NI Pears is a service provided by accredited optometry practices for patients who develop a sudden eye problem in the Belfast, Southern and Western Trust areas.

Over 100,000 patients in Northern Ireland attend hospital annually with eye problems, but many could be dealt with close to home by a local optometrist, freeing up hospital eye service appointments for more serious cases.

The NI PEARS service is for patients who develop a sudden eye condition such as:

If you are unsure whether your symptoms qualify you for an NI PEARS examination please contact one of the accredited optometrists for advice.

How to find an NI PEARS accredited optometrist

Download or view a list of accredited optometry practices who provide the service.

You can contact any of these accredited optometrists (self-refer). If the optometrist that you usually attend is on the list you are encouraged to attend that practice.

Appointments are available during normal working hours and you will be seen within 48 hours.

 What happens at an NI PEARS assessment?

The optometrist will discuss your eye problem including the symptoms you may have, any history of eye problems and related medical history. You will be given an eye assessment to enable the optometrist to investigate your condition. The optometrist will explain your condition and may: