NHS Qualification Criteria

The NHS eye examination is free if:

  • You are under 16 years of age or 16, 17, or 18, and in full-time education
  • You are 60 or over
  • You have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You are 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • An ophthalmologist (eye doctor) has advised you that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • You are registered as severely visually impaired or visually impaired
  • You or your partner receives Income Support
  • You or your partner receives Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • You or your partner receives Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • You or your partner receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • You’re entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • You are named on a valid HC2 certificate (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate
  • Your sight tests are usually done through a hospital eye department, as part of your care for an existing eye condition
  • You are prescribed complex lenses (lenses with a power of 10 dioptres or more, or prism controlled bifocal lenses)
  • You are a war pensioner and you need the sight test because of a disability for which you get a war pension
  • You are a prisoner on leave from prison

If you would like more information on the NHS Free eye test or contributions towards the cost of glasses, please give us a call on 020 8428 0025

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