Eye Test Blackburn | Mobile Opticians - Home Eye Test - Bubble Eyecare
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Eye Test Blackburn | Mobile Opticians – Home Eye Test

Our mobile opticians offer eye tests in your home in Blackburn and Darwen. Book your free NHS home eye test appointment.

Bubble Eyecare are looking after your eyes with free NHS home eye tests in Blackburn. We have mobile opticians in Blackburn, meaning even if you struggle to leave your home unaccompanied, you can have a visit from our home optician. Blackburn, Clitheroe or Longridge, our opticians will come to you. An optician home visit is carried out using specialised portable equipment, which will be set up around you in your home.


About us

We are a family-run team of home-visiting opticians, that provide free NHS home eye tests in Blackburn alongside other optical services to those unable to leave their homes unaccompanied due to a physical or mental disability.


At Bubble Eyecare, our mission is to provide everyone with outstanding care and dignity. With over 10 years’ experience providing mobile eye tests in Blackburn and Lancashire, we carry a wealth of experience and understanding.


Thorough mobile eye tests in Blackburn are performed using the latest portable optical equipment. Eye health conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts will be looked for. An optician can also detect underlying health conditions such as Diabetes and high blood pressure. We will give you as much time as you need to provide the best possible care and advice.


Eye testing at home is ideal for the elderly and those with mobility or mental health issues, offering comfort and convenience, without compromising on the quality of the eye test. Thus, if you struggle to leave your home due to medical reasons, it is best to contact a home optician. Blackburn with Darwen is one of the many areas we cover.

Who is eligible for a free eye test in Blackburn?  

If you are unable to leave your home unaccompanied due to a physical or mental disability and meet one of the following criteria, you are eligible for a free NHS home eye test in Blackburn.

You’re entitled to a free NHS sight test if you are

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered partially sighted or blind
  • Are 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • Have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Are eligible for an NHS complex lens prescription (please confirm)
  • Are under 16
  • Are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • If you or your partner receive Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit and meet help with health costs criteria
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • A valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

If you meet any of the criteria for free eye test, Blackpool residents can contact us for a free eye check up, or more advanced eye care at home.


What is a home eye test?

A home eye test in Blackburn is just like one you would get on the high street, but in much more familiar surroundings! With our home-visiting opticians, you are able to enjoy the comfort of your own home.

What can I expect from a home visit eye test in Blackburn?

You will receive a call from the mobile optician in Blackburn around an hour before they’re due to visit. To make sure you’re comfortable, regardless of where you are, the home-visiting optician in Blackburn will set up the equipment in your space around you. During the optician’s home visit, you will be asked about your previous eye health and your eyesight, allowing the mobile optician to perform the best test possible and provide suitable eyecare advice.

During the opticians’ home visit, what tests will you perform?

Our home-visiting optician in Blackburn will bring specialised portable equipment. The optometrist will use a trial frame and have all the different lenses to check your spectacle prescription as well as a portable letter chart which they’ll place accordingly. If the person having the eye test at home in Blackburn struggles with subjective responses (clearer with 1 or 2), the optometrist will use a retinoscope to, allowing them to find a spectacle prescription by shining a light in the eye.


We use the latest handheld iCare tonometer to check the intraocular pressure of the eyes. Along with a visual field test, which checks your peripheral vision, these tests can detect if you are at risk of developing glaucoma.


To better examine the eyes, the optometrist may use dilating eye drops during your eye test at home. For the elderly, the pupils can become very small thus dilating the pupils makes it easier for the optometrist to examine your eye health.


Your optician will summarise the findings of your home eye test. If a referral to an alternative health setting is required, either GP or hospital, this will be explained, and any questions answered.

How much does a home eye test in Blackburn cost?

At the time of booking your free eye test at home in Blackburn, we will confirm you meet the eligibility criteria for an eye test at home. For those eligible, a home eye test is funded entirely by the NHS. During the home visit, our optician will ask you to sign a GOS 6 optical declaration form, to say you struggle to leave the home unaccompanied and are also eligible for an NHS eye test. Blackburn patients can get in touch to find out more about our free eye tests in Blackburn and other surrounding areas.


Home eye tests, if they are required due to physical hindrances or mental disabilities, are covered by the NHS for free.

How should I prepare for my eye test at home?

Opticians home visits are ideal for comfort and convenience. An eye test at home should be built around your comfort, and adapted to work around your requirements. A clean, smoke-free and pet-free area to perform the home eye test in Blackburn would be ideal.

How long does a Blackburn home eye test take?

We understand every eye test is different, and we will do everything we can to help you feel comfortable. We won’t rush you at any stage of the mobile optician’s home visit. From the eye test in Blackburn to choosing your glasses, you will be allowed as much time as you need.

Will I be able to choose my glasses at home?

You most certainly can! After your free eye test in Blackburn, the optometrist will show you a large variety of frames for you to choose from.

How quickly can you deliver my glasses?

The majority of our glasses are ready for delivery within two weeks, and we will be with you every step of the way. To ensure your glasses fit and are comfortable we will personally deliver and fit your glasses, and if any adjustments are required then we will sort them according to your needs.

How do I book the local optician in Blackburn?

It has never been easier to book in with your local opticians. Blackburn residents can call our office on 01254 937322 or simply fill out our online booking form.

I don’t live in Blackburn! Can you still visit me?

Of course. You are not limited to a home-visiting optician in Blackburn, or even a mobile eye test near Blackburn. We travel to visit patients across many parts of Lancashire, including Preston, Blackpool, and Lancaster. Get in touch to speak to our team and find out how we can help you.