Despite the changes and restrictions brought on by coronavirus, it is still essential to look after your eye health.
Whether it’s a regular or follow-up appointment, an injection, or emergency advice or treatment, you should attend essential and routine eye appointments, unless you are advised otherwise, or are displaying coronavirus symptoms.
If you're concerned about attending your hospital eye clinic appointment during coronavirus, watch our short film. It features three Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) offering their tips on how to prepare, what to bring and what you might expect to happen when you arrive, along with alternatives to attending in person.
You should still attend unless you have been notified by your consultant that your appointment is cancelled or you should not attend, or you are displaying coronavirus symptoms.
If you are displaying symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has, follow the government advice and call 111 but make sure they are aware that you are due for an eye appointment too.
Contact your hospital eye department or local ECLO if you’re unsure, have questions or can’t attend.
Staff at hospitals and eye clinics are usually available to provide information and reassurance if you have any queries. Call them directly ahead of time; if no-one is available to take your call immediately, some may have recorded information available or leave a voicemail to request a call back. If you can’t make your appointment, always let your clinician, or ECLO, know so they can reschedule it and offer the time to other patients.
Routine eye examinations were suspended in England when lockdown began in March 2020, but were restarted on 15 June 2020 in England only (there are different arrangements in place in the rest of the UK). Read about the precautions that opticians and optometrists have put in place to protect patients and staff from coronavirus.
If you live in Scotland, find out about the newly-created Emergency Eye Care Treatment Centres.
Dr Gwyn William, Consultant Ophthalmologist, explains what is happening with eye care appointments across Wales due to coronavirus.
Sight Advice FAQ, the website which answers common questions about living with sight loss, has information for on eye health and medical needs during coronavirus.