NHS


Many patients are entitled to a free eye examination, funded by the NHS.

In addition some patients are eligible for an NHS optical voucher, which can either pay for or contribute towards new glasses or contact lenses.

Ideally you need to know if you are entitled to an NHS voucher or free eye examination prior to your appointment or purchasing your glasses.

Who is entitled to a free NHS Eye Examination?

You may be entitled if you are:

      Under 16
      Under 19 AND in full time education
      Aged 60 or over
      In receipt of, or the partner of someone in receipt of: Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, Working Families Tax Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Guaranteed Pension Credit
      The holder of a current NHS HC2 or HC3 exemption certificate
      Registered blind or partially sighted
      Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
      Told by a hospital opthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
      Over 40 AND have a direct relative who has been diagnosed with glaucoma

        Prescribed a complex lens

      Who is entitled to an NHS Spectacle Voucher?

      You may be entitled if you are:

        Under 16
        Under 19 AND in full time education
        Receiving or the partner of someone receiving Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, Working Families Tax Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Guaranteed Pension Credit
        The holder of a current NHS HC2 exemption certificate
        A patient who has been prescribed complex lenses

    If you are unsure whether or not you may be entitled, please just ask us and we can advise you.