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4 November 2020

Opticians are remaining open and can see you safely during lockdown

With COVID-19 restrictions already in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Government has announced new national restrictions in England, effective from Thursday 5 November. It is hoped these restrictions will help to reduce the spread of the virus. Opticians are classed as essential healthcare providers, so you can still visit them for eye appointments during this period.

Your local opticians are taking every precaution to provide a safe and secure environment for their staff and customers during these unsettling times. To ensure maximum safety, they are taking all the steps needed to adhere to the required cleanliness and hygiene standards in all stores. Social distancing measures have also been put in place. All staff will be equipped with PPE, and there should be signage around the store to help guide and direct you safely.

Please help your local store by attending your appointment alone if possible, bringing your own pen, and wearing a face covering or mask.

If you have specific questions about an existing appointment or want to book an eye appointment, you should contact your local opticians directly.

If you have any concerns, our glaucoma helpline team are always here to support you. You can reach them on 01233 64 81 70 or Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm.

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