Northern Ireland Primary Eyecare Assessment & Referral Scheme (NI PEARS)

The NI PEARS service is for patients who develop a sudden eye condition such as:

  • Red eye(s)
  • Pain and/or discomfort in the eyes, or around the eye area
  • Sudden reduction in vision in one or both eyes
  • Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes and/or floaters in one or both eyes
  • Something in your eye that you can’t remove yourself

If you are unsure whether your symptoms qualify you for an NI PEARS examination, please contact your local optometry practice for advice.

Most optometry (opticians) practices in Northern Ireland now provide the NI PEARS service.  If they do not provide the service, they will direct you to the nearest practice that does provide the service.

Appointments are available during normal working hours and you will be seen within 48 hours.

You must be registered with a GP in Northern Ireland and bring your Health and Care number which is on your medical card.

Full details of this service can be found at: NI PEARS Scheme - DOH/HSCNI Strategic Planning and Performance Group (SPPG)