NHS Free Eye Examinations
Your Eye Examination will take approximately 30 minutes and afterwards we will discuss with you the best ways to satisfy your optical requirements according to you lifestyle. This may include not only differing designs of spectacle lenses and frames, but also contact lenses and sunglasses.
3D OCT laser scanning of the retina is available to all of our NHS funded patients for an addtional fee. Please let reception know if you would be interested in having an OCT scan when you book your appointment so we can allow enough time in the diary.
You qualify for a NHS-funded free eye test examination if:
- You’re aged under 16.
- You’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education.
- You’re aged 60 or over.
- You’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired).
- 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 a prisoner on leave from prison.
- you’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement.
You’re also entitled to a free NHS-funded free eye test examination 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 awarded Universal Credit.
- Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
- You are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2).
You may get help with 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 (your optician will advise you on your entitlement).
You may also get an NHS optical voucher if:
- You receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not contribution-based).
- You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
- You receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.
- You are awarded Universal Credit.
- You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
- You are named on 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.
You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to optical vouchers to the optician or a member of their staff.
There are currently eight voucher values. The values are dependent on the strength of your prescription. The stronger your prescription the higher your voucher value.
If your glasses or contact lenses cost more than your voucher value, you will have to pay the difference.