The government is keen to ensure that everyone has the option of eyecare and through the NHS, it will provide a free eye test if you are:
- Under 16, or aged under 19 and in full time education.
- Aged 60 or over.
- Registered blind or partially sighted.
- Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma.
- Considered to be at risk of glaucoma (as advised by an ophthalmologist).
- Aged 40 or over and the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma.
- Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (your optician will advise on your entitlement).
- Receiving Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
- Receiving Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.
- Receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
- Receiving Tax Credits or Universal Credit and meeting qualifying conditions.
- On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate.
- A prisoner being seen outside prison.
People in categories 1, 7, 8, 9, 10 ,11, 12 and 13 are also entitled to financial help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses.
A selected range of complete glasses are available at Haine & Smith which are completely free of charge for people with a full NHS Optical Voucher.