Free Sight Test

You are entitled to a free NHS sight test if you are:

  • Under 16, or under 19 and in full time education
  • Aged 60 or over (from age 60-70 it is one test every 24 months and over 70 it is one test every 12 months
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma
  • 40 or over with a first degree relative with glaucoma, or you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • Prescribed a complex lens

You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (not contribution based)
  • Working Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate
  • Child Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate
  • You are named on an NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) might also get help.

You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to free NHS sight tests.

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