Buyers guide

NHS entitlement.

Who qualifies for an NHS sight test?

Your eyesight is precious, which is why having regular eye tests is so important. The NHS provide FREE eye tests and help towards the cost of glasses for qualifying customers.

At Vision Express, you don't just receive a thorough eye test; we also conduct an eye health check to test for signs of eye disease and general health problems.

The importance of having a regular eye test

Regular eye tests are important, which is why we recommend you have an eye test at least every two years, whether you feel you need glasses or not. At Vision Express, as well as a thorough vision test, you will also receive an eye health check to test for signs of eye disease and general health problems.

Who qualifies for an NHS sight test?

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Under 16 or under 19 and still in full time education
  • Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma
  • 40 years of age or over with a close relative with glaucoma
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • In need of complex lenses (you may also get an optical voucher)

Free NHS eye test

You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • You are named on, or entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • You are named on a valid HC2 certificate

For a thorough eye test, see an expert - book an eye test online today.

For more information on whether you qualify for a free eye test, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Free eye tests in Scotland

We are pleased to announce that eye tests at all our branches in Scotland are now FREE, paid for by the NHS (as of 1st April 2006)*

*Restrictions apply, ask in-store for more details.

Changes to the eye test;

  • The traditional NHS sight test has been replaced by a comprehensive eye test.
  • The new NHS eye test is not only an eye test for spectacles, but an eye health assessment, appropriate to patients needs and presenting signs and symptoms.
  • The new test is free to all patients, whereas prior to this test certain categories of patients were required to pay.

As well as a free eye test, you may also be entitled to some help with the purchase of glasses or contact lenses, if you are:

  • Under 16 or under 19 and still in full time education
  • In need of complex lenses
  • Receiving Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit (and are named on a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate)
  • You are named on a valid HC2 certificate

For a thorough eye test, see an expert - book an eye test online today.

For more information on whether you qualify for a free eye test, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.