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NHS Eye Tests

Who Qualifies for a free eye test with the NHS?

You will be entitled to a free eye test if any of the following apply:

  • You’re aged under 16

  • You’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education

  • You’re aged 60 or over

  • You’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)

  • You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

  • You’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma

  • You’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma

  • You’re on certain benefits (Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal credits, Tax Credit, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance)

  • If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help with the cost of sight tests, glasses and contact lenses through the NHS Low-income Scheme.

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Who qualifies for NHS Vouchers? (Help towards the cost of spectacles or contact lenses)

  • Children under 16

  • Full-time students under 19

  • Those receiving Income based benefits, i.e. Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

  • Those holding Form HC2/3

  • Complex lenses (partial help)

  • Persons not in the above list but on low income may still get help.

  • Please ask for Form HC1 in advance of your appointment.

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