New University Eye Clinic opens

The University has opened a new eye clinic which will offer free eye tests for students.

To book an appointment, you can call 023 9284 6888 although appointments aren’t currently available until December.

The new state-of-the-art clinic is based on Cambridge Road (the former Blackwell’s bookshop site). It’s staffed by fully qualified optometrists, who will supervise second and third year optometry students to help them gain the essential clinical experience to qualify as practising eye specialists.

Services available to the public will include free eye tests, contact lens assessments, specialist clinics for children and evaluations of eye conditions such as age related macular degeneration, glaucoma and eye-related effects of diabetes.

The Eye Clinic will also offer a range of glasses and contact lenses to buy at affordable prices, or customers could take their prescriptions to a high street provider if they prefer.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “The Eye Clinic is an impressive facility that will provide valuable hands-on training for our optometry students, helping them gain essential clinical experience. Not only will the clinic support our students in enhancing their careers, it will provide a free service of care to the local community as well as to our staff and students.”

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