NHS Eligibility

Regular eye examinations are important, which is why we recommend that you have an eye examination at least once every two years if you are aged between 16 and 70.

More than 30 million people in the UK are entitled to a free eye examination paid for by the NHS. You are automatically entitled to a free eye examination on the NHS if you:

  • Are aged 60 or over
  • Are aged under 16
  • Are aged 16, 17 or 18 and are still in full time education
  • Or your partner are in receipt of:
  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit guarantee credit
  • Tax Credit and are named on a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate  
  • Are named on a valid HC2 certificate (Number required)
  • Are registered blind/partially sighted
  • Suffer from diabetes/glaucoma
  • Are considered to be at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • Are 40 or over and are the parent/brother/sister/child of a person who has or had glaucoma
  • Are a prisoner on leave
  • Have been prescribed complex lenses under the NHS optical voucher scheme

 

Help with paying for your spectacles/contact lenses

As well as a free eye examination, you may also be entitled to some help towards the cost of any spectacles or contact lenses you require. This applies if you:

  • Are aged under 16
  • Are aged 16, 17 or 18 and are still in full time education
  • Or your partner are in receipt of:
  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit guarantee credit
  • Tax Credit and are named on a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate 
  • Are named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate (Number required)

 

If you have any queries relating to your NHS eligibility (if applicable) then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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