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Optometrists carry out FREE NHS eye examinations available to all UK residents living in Scotland.
Community optometrists are the first place to go for eye problems. If you have any problems with your eyes, make an appointment with an optometrist. All high street opticians have an optometrist who provides NHS services.
The optometrist will carry out tests and procedures to look for signs of eye disease. They may either treat the problem themselves or refer you to your GP or local hospital ophthalmology department for treatment.
During normal working hours most optometry practices will see you on the same day if you have an emergency.
If you develop an urgent eye problem when the practice is closed and can’t wait until it re-opens, call NHS24 on 111.
For an eye injury that requires immediate emergency treatment go to your nearest Accident & Emergency department.
Children under one should attend the Royal Hospital for Children.
Dispensing opticians provide spectacles and contact lenses according to prescription.