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Charity concerned at eye test charge

Fee could deter 'sizable' number - MBWS

The Manx Blind Welfare Society says proposals to introduce charges for eye tests could deter a 'sizable' section of the population from having their sight checked. 

Health chiefs this week unveiled a raft of cost-saving measures, which include ending annual, free visits to the optician for all.

Instead, the test would be offered every two years for a fee of £10 - which the department says is a contribution to the actual cost.

While the charity supports biennial testing, it's advising against any measure which could deter people from having a regular test.

The Society's Chief Executive Ian Cooil says the charge will be an issue for some:  

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