Am I entitled to a Free Eye Test or Free Glasses?

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Many people are entitled to a free NHS-funded eye test,

including everyone aged 60 or over, those on various benefits and under 16’s, or under 19’s in education, are entitled to the eye test and help towards their glasses.

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if you come into one of the following groups:

  • You’re under 16, or under 19 in full-time education
  • You’re 60 or over
  • You’re registered as blind or partially sighted
  • You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You’re 40 or over, and have a close relative with glaucoma
  • You’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • You’re a prisoner on leave from prison
  • You’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – we can advise you on this.

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

  • Receive Income Support
  • Receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you’re named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may get some help towards the cost of your sight test.

You will also get a voucher towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses if one of the following applies:

  • You’re aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education or
  • You’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (your optician will advise on your entitlement)
  • You receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not contribution-based).
  • You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  • You receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.
  • You’re entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
  • You are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2).
  • People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

Here at Ridings Opticians we offer a range of complete spectacles at the voucher price.
You may of course decide you want to “trade up” – but if you have a voucher there will always be glasses you can have completely free. And even if you are not entitled to a voucher towards your glasses cost, there will always be a competitively priced range of choices available.

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