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NHS Eye Test

Eye Test

Do you qualify for a free NHS Eye Test?

An NHS-funded test is no different to our standard Eye Test. And, just like our standard test, it’s the most important service we can provide. With more than 100 different ways to assess how your eyes are working, our expert optometrists can select the tests most appropriate to you, based on the information you have given them.

NHS optical vouchers will give you money off the cost of glasses or contact lenses. Basically, the higher your prescription, the more your vouchers will be worth. You are entitled to a free NHS-funded Eye Test and optical vouchers if you fall within any of the categories below.

Age Yes Yes
Aged under 16 Yes Yes
Aged 16 - 18 in full time education Yes Yes
Aged 60 or over Yes
Medical Conditions
Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma Yes
Considered to be at risk of glaucoma (As advised by an ophthalmologist) Yes
Aged 40 or over and the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma Yes
Registered blind or partially sighted Yes
Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher Yes Yes
Income
Claiming Benefit (Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or receiving Tax Credits and meeting qualifying conditions) Yes Yes
On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate Yes Yes
Other
A prisoner being seen outside prison Yes Yes

Scottish regulations

Free Eye Tests

  • The traditional NHS sight test has been replaced by a comprehensive Eye Test
  • The new NHS Eye Test is not just an Eye Test for spectacles but an eye health assessment
  • The new test is free to all patients, in accordance with NHS terms and conditions
  • Eligible patients are entitled to a free NHS Eye Test every two years
    (More frequent tests may be required should your optometrist find it necessary.)

More Information

  • For further information on whether you qualify for a free eye test, please visit the NHS Website.
  • For more information on vision exams available visit our Eye Test page.

You qualify for an optical voucher which provides financial help towards the cost of your spectacles or contact lenses if you are:

  • Aged under 16
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 in full time education
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher
    (your optician will advise on your entitlement)
  • Claiming benefit
    (Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or receiving Tax Credit and is named on a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate or Universal Credit and meeting qualifying conditions)
  • On a contribution based employment support allowance and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate
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Not entitled to a Free Eye Test?

Don’t worry we have you covered.

Use the link below to recieve 50% off your next Eye Test.

Download voucher