NHS Entitlements

You are entitled to a FREE sight test on the NHS if you:

  • Are aged 60 or over
  • Are aged under 16 - or under 19 & still in full time education
  • Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma
  • 40 years of age or over with a close relative with glaucoma (mother, father, sibling or child)
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • In need of complex lenses (you may also get an optical voucher)

 In addition, you are also entitled to a free NHS sight tests if you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit (and are named on a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate)
  • You are named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate

If you reside in Wales, most optometrists can offer an examination if:

  • You have an eye problem that needs urgent attention
  • You have sight in one eye only
  • You’re registered as sight impaired
  • You have a hearing impairment and are profoundly deaf
  • You suffer from retinitis pigmentosa
  • You are of Black or Asian ethnicity
  • You are at risk of eye disease because you are the genetic father, mother, sibling or child of someone with an eye disease that can be inherited, such as Glaucoma, Diabetes Mellitus, Age related Macular Degeneration or Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Your GP has referred you because they think you may have an eye problem

To find out whether you qualify for assistance with the cost of eye tests and glasses or contact lenses, you can speak to us directly by calling us on 01646 692784.