People in the following categories are entitled to a free NHS eye exam:
- Are under 16*
- Are aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education*
- Age 60 or over
- Diagnosed glaucoma patients
- Aged 40 or over and are either a parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a diagnosed glaucoma patient, or
- Have been advised by an ophthalmic practitioner that they are at risk of glaucoma
- Diagnosed with diabetes
- Registered blind or partially sighted
- Require complex lenses*
- Those whose sight test is carried out by a hospital eye department as part of the management of an optical condition
- Patient or partner are in receipt of Income Support, Income-related Emplyment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.*
- Named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate*
- Named on a valid HC2W certificate
- Partial help if you are named in a valid HC3W you might get some help towards the cost of a private sight test.
*Also entitled to NHS vouchers towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses.