At L. Dollay Opticians we provide NHS eye examinations to those eligible. You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:
– You’re under 16
– You’re 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.
Adults and children are normally advised to have a sight test every two years. However, in some circumstances, your optometrist may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests. For example, if you have diabetes, are 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma or are 70 or over.
If you’re eligible for a NHS sight test, the NHS pays for it and you will not be charged. If you are concerned about your sight before your next NHS sight test is due, you can ask your optometrist for an earlier sight test. If your optometrist agrees that you need an earlier sight test for clinical reasons, you will not have to pay for your NHS sight test. However, if you want a sight test more often than your optometrist considers clinically necessary, you will have to pay for a private sight test. After you pay for a sight test, you are not eligible for a free NHS sight test until your next sight test is due. This will usually be two years later.