NHS EYE TEST.

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Free NHS eye tests and optical vouchers.

Find out if you're entitled to a free NHS sight test or an optical voucher to help reduce the cost of glasses or contact lenses. If you're not eligible for NHS-funded sight tests or optical vouchers, you'll have to cover the costs yourself. NHS optical vouchers.

Free NHS eye tests.

You're entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

  • Are under 16
  • Are 16, 17 or 18 and 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, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • Have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • 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 a free NHS sight test 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 costs

NHS optical vouchers

You’re 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 costs

You may be entitled to an optical voucher if you have a low income and are named on a valid NHS HC3 certificate for partial help with health costs.