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University of Portsmouth eye clinic to offer free sight tests

Clinic will be staffed by qualified optometrists who will supervise second and third year optometry students

Eye test

University of Portsmouth optometry students will gain clinical experience through a new eye clinic that offers free sight tests to staff, students and members of the public.

A press release from the university confirmed that the eye clinic will open in autumn at the former Blackwell’s bookshop site on Cambridge Road.

Second and third year optometry students will gain experience under the supervision of qualified optometrists.

The clinic will provide a range of services, including free eye tests, contact lens assessments and specialist clinics for children.

Evaluations for eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease will also be on offer through the clinic.

The release highlighted that the clinic will offer a range of spectacles and contact lenses, although customers can take their prescription to a High Street provider if they prefer.

University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith, highlighted that the clinic will provide valuable hands-on training for optometry students.

“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,” he shared.

“I am very much looking forward to it being fully operational,” Professor Galbraith added.

Those interested in registering for an appointment at the eye clinic can visit the University of Portsmouth website or call 023 9284 4462.