“Vision Care for Homeless People” is a charity set-up to provide eyecare services to homeless and other vulnerable people in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable.

Imagine if everything you saw was out of focus, how would your life be affected? Now imagine if you were homeless and couldn’t see…… Click here to watch a short video to find out about the work Vision Care for Homeless People carries out and its impact on many vulnerable lives.

The majority of homeless and vulnerable people are not in receipt of financial benefits, so are not eligible for an NHS eye examination and voucher towards their spectacles. For the few that are, not many practices will make spectacles totally free of charge, and even a small charge may be unmanageable. We provide a fully comprehensive high quality service totally free of charge even to the remaining majority of homeless people who do not receive benefits.

We aim to preserve, protect and promote the ocular health of homeless and vulnerable people in the UK who are unwilling or unable to access mainstream services available through the NHS. We include screening of ocular health and the provision of spectacles, that meets the immediate visual needs of our beneficiaries.

Our research has shown that homeless people have a higher proportion of uncorrected refractive error and therefore are much more in need of regular eye examinations and the provision of spectacles.

To read more about this research carried out in conjunction with City University, follow this link.