NHS entitlement

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In England, you qualify for a free NHS eye examination if you are:

  • 60 or over
  • Under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education
  • Registered blind (severely sight impaired) or partially sighted (sight impaired)
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • 40 or over and you are the close relative of someone with glaucoma, or you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of it
  • Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher.

You are also entitled to a free NHS eye examination if:

  • You receive a means-tested benefit (specifically Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, or Universal Credit)
  • You are entitled to, or named on, either a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2).

Help with cost of spectacles:

Across the UK, you can get NHS vouchers that can be used towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses, if you:

  • Are aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education
  • Or are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (we will advise you about this)
  • Receive a means-tested benefit (specifically Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, or Universal Credit)
  • Are entitled to, or named on, either a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate or 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.

Millions of people in the UK do not take advantage of free eye tests. Eye tests can identify eye conditions, which if left untreated may have detrimental impact on your health and independence. If you are unable to leave your home because of illness or disability, we will come to you so that you can have your free NHS eye test at home.

Should you have any questions about your NHS entitlement, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01484 301372. We will be happy to help.

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