NHS Eligibility

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.

 

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