In general an Eye Test is recommended every 2 years
Am I entitled to a free NHS eye test?
You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:
- you're under 16
- your'e 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 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 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.
- communicating your health needs without help
Proving your entitlement to a free NHS eye test
When you go for your sight test, tell your optician that you're entitled to a free NHS sight test. They will give you a form called GOS1 to fill in and sign.
You'll be asked to show proof that youre entitled to a free NHS sight test.
What if Im not entitled to a free NHS eye test?
If you don't qualify for a free NHS sight test, you will have to pay for a private sight test.