Opticians can remain open during the third national lockdown.
That’s because under current lockdown guidance people can leave their homes to attend medical appointments – including eye and hearing tests.
Some opticians are also open for customers to buy new glasses, but this is up to the discretion of individual stores or chains.
Vision Express, Specsavers and Boots Opticians have all confirmed that they are open for eye tests, but these must be booked in advance online or over the phone.
Specsavers chief exec John Perkins said it was important to keep opticians open to ensure that eye health does not deteriorate during lockdown.
He said: “This is such a difficult time for everyone, but we believe it’s critical that we stay open to offer care when our customers need it, especially for key workers and to help support our partners in the NHS in providing critical care where it is most needed.
“We understand that customers may have concerns about coming into store.
“But the safety and well-being of our customers and colleagues is our top priority and, in line with NHS recommendations and Public Health guidance, we have numerous safety measures in place.”