NHS eye tests and optical vouchers

You may be entitled to a free NHS sight test or an optical voucher to reduce the cost of glasses or contact lenses.

We are happy to advise on eligibility, so please ask if you think you may be entitled to an NHS eye test or optical voucher. There is more detailed information about eligibility requirements, qualifying benefits and NHS complex lens vouchers on the NHS web site.

You can get a free NHS sight test if:

  • you are under 16
  • you are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • you are aged 60 or over
  • you are registered as partially sighted or blind
  • you have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • you are at least 40 years and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • you have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • you are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – we can advise you about your entitlement
  • you or your partner are receiving certain benefits
  • you are under 20 and are the dependant of someone receiving certain benefits
  • you are entitled to an NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or have a valid HC2 NHS certificate

You are entitled to an optical voucher to help towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses if:

  • you are under 16
  • you are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • yor are aged 60 or over
  • you are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – we can advise you about your entitlement
  • you or your partner are receiving certain benefits
  • you are under 20 and are the dependant of someone receiving certain benefits
  • you are entitled to an NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or have a valid HC2 NHS certificate