New University Eye Clinic opens

The University of Portsmouth’s new Eye Clinic, which will offer free eye tests for local residents, staff, students and alumni, officially opened last week on 11 October. The clinic was opened by England blind squad footballer Brandon Coleman.

The new state-of-the-art clinic is based on Cambridge Road (the former Blackwell’s bookshop site). It will be 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 offers 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.

Brandon Coleman talking with Optometry students.

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.”

To register for a free appointment as an Eye Clinic patient please visit or call us on 023 9284 4462.

The clinic is currently looking for patients who fall into the following areas as there are some appointments available and it would also provide the students with the vital experience they require:

  • Pediatric- children under 16, we have some appointments available in the children’s half term
  • Contact lenses- if you wear or would like to wear contact lenses, if you have had an eye exam in the last year and would be willing to sit for a contact lens aftercare/assessment
  • Low vision- those who are registered partially sighted/sight impaired who would be able to take part in a low vision assessment

Please phone 0239284 6888 if you would like to attend the student clinics.


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