My Thoughts On The Outside Clinic – At Home Eye Tests Suitable For The Disabled

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Today I want to share with you my experience of The Outside Clinic (a home-visiting optician service) because I think it’s a great option for the chronically ill. I’ve been putting off having my eyes tested for some time now because of my health but about a month ago I decided to just go for it and book an appointment. I had to rearrange it three times before giving up because I was too unwell. By chance my Mum stumbled on a leaflet in her opticians advertising the Outside Clinic which we weren’t aware of before. I bet you’ve not been made aware of it either?! When I was granted ESA (Employment Support Allowance) I received a list of services available to me such as help with prescriptions etc, but this wasn’t listed and I think it should have been. Having the test done at home avoids travelling, wait times, sitting for too long and noisy environments which are all tricky when you suffer from a chronic illness.

The Outside Clinic bring the sight test to your home where you are most comfortable, and if you qualify for the NHS funded eye test then its free. You qualify if you receive Income-related ESA and have mobility issues. If you don’t qualify its only £30 anyway which isn’t that different in price to getting it done on the high street. I was able to get an appointment within a week which was great and they also call you an hour before to check you are well enough and totally understand if not. So no guilt if you cancel :)

I was able to lie down for most of the test which I was very happy about. The only time I had to sit up was when I had to read off the chart with the ever so attractive glasses pictured above (how cool do I look?!). The optician was very lovely and made sure we did the test at my own pace. I would highly recommend this service to my spoonie pals, now I just need to find a hairdresser who can cut hair lying down – not sure that’s an option somehow *sigh*!?


  1. Mandy Padfield May 15, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    What a brilliant idea. So glad you could get your eyes tested at home at your own pace & in a comfy environment. Sooooo do you have to get new glasses. That could be yet another challenge. XX

    • spooniesophia May 21, 2015 / 11:03 am

      I know! I am so glad thats sorted now, just got the take on the dentist and hair dresser next :/ Yes i need new glasses, eyes have declined and I now have a stigmatism! I love getting new glasses though! xxx

  2. Berta Karaim May 15, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    This is an amazing idea! When I see projects like this, it gives me hope that there are many empathetic and caring people in the world :)

    • spooniesophia May 21, 2015 / 11:03 am

      Isn’t it?! Yes me too, thank goodness for those people :)

  3. emmafarrellblog May 17, 2015 / 11:59 am

    This is a great service! So glad you were able to have them come to you and you could be as comfortable as possible then lovely, thanks for sharing! Lots of love xx

    • spooniesophia May 21, 2015 / 11:03 am

      No problem Emma! I hope it helps others as much as it helped me! So much love xxx

  4. Donna // Fibro Geek May 17, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    What a fantastic idea. I am sure there are many who do not know of this. I had my eyes tested in Feb and it was exhausting and painful as I was in the middle of a flare up. I pushed myself to go as I was getting sore heads due to my sight not being right. This would have been helpful to know so thanks for sharing. I second the hairdresser thing too!!

    • spooniesophia May 21, 2015 / 11:04 am

      I know, such a great service! Gosh that sounds like a terrible experience Donna, fingers crossed that by getting the word out there, others won’t have to go through what you did!
      Hugs xx

  5. Polina May 18, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    How wonderful this service is! People who have such ideas should definitely have a great heart. Hope you will feel better soon!

    • spooniesophia May 21, 2015 / 11:05 am

      Thanks Polina, I hope so too! I hope you’re doing ok lovely girl xxx

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