NHS eligibility

 

​You may be eligible to receive partial or full support for the cost of eye examinations, If you require spectacles then a voucher can be issued against the cost of your glasses.

The NHS do place certain restrictions on the frequency of sight tests and the issuing of vouchers: please ask for advice before booking an appointment.

You qualify for an NHS funded sight test if:

  • you’re under 16
  • you’re under 19 and 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 your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • you’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • you’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement


You’re also entitled an NHS funded sight test if you:

  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • 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.