Preventable sight loss

According to Public Health England, Barnsley has the worst rate of preventable sight loss in the country. Half of cases are avoidable by having regular eye tests every 2 years, stopping smoking, eating healthily, keeping eyes covered in the sun and only drinking alcohol in moderation.

Find out more in the Barnsley eye health leaflet (PDF 1.11MB).

Eye tests

An eye test can pick up the first signs of an eye condition before you notice any vision changes. There's lots of opticians in Barnsley; you can find a local optician on the NHS website.

Depending on your age and circumstances, or if you suffer from a particular health condition, you could be entitled to a free eye test or help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses. You're also entitled if you receive certain benefits. Find out if you're eligible for a free eye test on the NHS website, or check with your optician before you book your test.

Barnsley Optometry First - Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

There are 25 opticians in Barnsley who offer a FREE service for people with minor eye problems including sore eyes through the MECS scheme. Patients will be asked questions about their symptoms to assess how serious the problem is and will be offered an opticians appointment within 24 hours if urgent or within a few days if less urgent. This means you don’t have to wait to see a GP or attend A & E.