What entitles me to get a free eye examination?

You qualify for a free NHS funded sight test if you are:

  • Aged 60 or over

  • Aged under 16

  • Aged 16,17 or 18 in full time education

  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma (as advised by an ophthalmologist)

  • Aged 40 or over and the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma

  • Registered blind or partially sighted

  • A complex lens prescription

  • Claiming one of the following benefits:

          Income Support,

          Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance,

          Income-based Employment and Support Allowance,

          Pension Credit Guarantee Credit 

  • Are a prisoner on leave from prison

  • Receiving Tax Credits or Universal Credit and meeting qualifying conditions

  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate


You may also qualify for an NHS optical voucher to help with the cost of your spectacles or contact lenses.