FREE NHS testing - are you entitled?

See below to check if you meet the requirements to receive a free NHS eye test.  If you believe that you qualify for an NHS funded eye examination and help with the cost of spectacles please can you bring confirmation of your entitlement or benefits with you.  


  • under 16yrs

  • 16 - 18yrs in full time education

  • 60yrs or over

  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma (As advised by an ophthalmologist)

  • 40yrs or over and the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma

  • Registered sight impaired or severely sight impaired 

  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Vouchers

  • Or if you are claiming benefits (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)

  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

You are also entitled to an optical voucher for help towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses if you:

  • are under 16

  • are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education

  • are a prisoner on leave from prison

  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optician can advise you about your entitlement


You also qualify for an optical voucher if you:

  • get Income Support

  • get Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • get Income-based Employment and Support Allowance

  • get Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

  • get tax credits and meet the criteria

  • get Universal Credit and meet the criteria

  • have a low income and are named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate for full help with health cost

Why not contact us to make a booking or for more information.

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