The site of a new University of Portsmouth Eye Clinic offering free eye tests for local residents, staff, students and alumni has been chosen.
The new state-of-the-art clinic will open this autumn at the former Blackwell’s bookshop site in Cambridge Road after a decision was made on how best to use the empty space for the benefit of the University and local community.
The clinic 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 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, 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. I am very much looking forward to it being fully operational.”
Works at the University-owned site will start in the coming weeks ready for the clinic’s opening in autumn 2018. Blackwell’s vacated the building in March after the bookshop decided not to renew its lease. Blackwell’s and the University continue to discuss a 365 day a year bookselling provision for students and are discussing a pop up shop on campus at the start of the academic year.
To register for a free appointment as an Eye Clinic patient please visit go.port.ac.uk/eyeclinic or call us on 023 9284 4462