Under the NHS Optical Scheme, if a patient meets a certain criteria you could receive a free NHS sight test.
Qualifications for an NHS Free Eye Test:
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.
For more information, please contact your local branch who will be happy to assist you.