Optometrists and dispensing opticians from Aston University’s school of optometry have prepared equipment that will furnish three eye health polyclinics at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (July 28-August 8).

Equipment loaned by the university included slit lamps, ophthalmoscopes, visual field screeners and tonomoters, which has been used at the clinics since July 22.

Athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games will be able to access emergency eye care, including dry eye services or dispensing of spectacles and contact lenses.

The service is being run by volunteers who received role-specific training provided by the Games medical team, including staff from Aston’s school of optometry.

Leon Davies, professor of optometry and physiological optics at Aston University, said: ‘It is an honour to support the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games through loaning our ophthalmic equipment, and I am proud of my colleagues who have volunteered to help run the clinics.

‘We are excited to provide athletes’ eye care whilst they are here in Birmingham. We appreciate some may have travelled long distances, so on arrival might need to seek advice regarding a range of eye health issues. This could include anything from dry eye due to a long flight, seasonal problems affecting eye health, or an issue with their spectacles or contact lenses.’