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NHS Entitlement

 You can’t put a price on eye care, and whether you have to pay for your eye test or not, it’s an investment worth making.

However we know that many people do put off going to an eye test because of the expense. What many people don’t realise is that a large number of the popular are actually entitled to a NHS sight test for which there is no charge.

If you’re not sure whether or not this could be you, you can check the following list to see if you are entitled to a free NHS examination -

  • Children under 16 or under 19 still in full-time education

  • People of 60 years and older

  • Those who receive, or whose partner receives, income support, income-based job-seeker's allowance or pension credit guarantee credit 

  • Diabetics

  • Glaucoma sufferers

  • People aged 40 or over with a close relative who has or has had glaucoma

  • People advised by an ophthalmologist that they are at risk of glaucoma

  • Those who are registered blind and partially sighted

  • People entitled to NHS complex lens vouchers

  • Those entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit certificate or named on a valid HC2 certificate

If any of these describe you, you may also be entitled to a voucher to offset the cost of any spectacles or contact lenses prescribed. Also, if your doctor has referred you to a hospital to have an eye examination it will always be free.

If you think you may qualify for a free eye examination, please pick up the leaflet ‘HC11 - Are you entitled to help with health costs?’ This is available from the Optique practice, post offices, social security offices, NHS hospitals and your local GP surgery.

If you are not entitled to NHS help, a private eye examination will only cost you £15 for a 20 - 30 minute examination if you pre pay when you book. If extra tests are need, e.g. contact lens aftercare or dyslexia testing a fee will be charged. Click here to view Optique vision examination fee price list.