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Are you Eligible for a Free NHS Eye Test?

Many people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible for a Free NHS sight test and maybe even glasses

You Qualify for a FREE NHS-funded eye test if you:
  • are under 16
  • are 16, 17 or 19 and are in full-time education
  • are 60 or over
  • are registered as partially sighted or blind
  • have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • are 40 or over, and your mother,father,sister,son or daughter are diagnosed with glaucoma
  • have been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher - your optometrist can advise you about your entitlement

You're also entitled to a FREE NHS eye test if you:
  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • are entitled to, or named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • are on a low income and named on a valid HC2 certificate
  • Partial help: if you are named on a valid HC3 certificate you might get some help towards the cost of a private sight test

If you're not sure whether you qualify for a FREE NHS eye test, visit in-store and we will be happy to help.

How often can you have a free NHS eye test?

Adults are normally advised to have a sight test every two years. However, in some circumstances, your optician may recommend more frequent NHS eye tests.
For example, this may include people who:

  • are Diabetic
  • Diagnosed with Glaucoma
  • are over 40 with a family history of Glaucoma
  • are over 70
  • are under 16 and wear glasses
  • have particular problems with vision

If you're not sure whether you qualify for an EARLY NHS eye test or it is less than two years since your last eye test visit call us in-store and we will be able to advise you if you are able to have another Free NHS eye test.