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andresr / 123RF Stock PhotoAre you entitled to a NHS eye examination?

The following people qualify for an eye examination paid for by the NHS - do you?


Free sight tests are available for patients who are:

a) aged 60 years and over.

b) Under 16 years of age.

c) Full Time Student Aged 16, 17 or 18 .

d) Claiming:


  • Income Support.
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance.

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  • Tax Credits (NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate).


e) Named on a valid HC2 certificate.

f)  Registered Blind / Partially Sighted.

g) Suffering from diabetes / glaucoma (or at risk of glaucoma).

h) Aged 40 years and over with an immediate relative who has glaucoma.

i)  Prescribed complex lenses under the NHS optical voucher scheme.

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