NHS Eye Examinations

NHS Eye Examinations


If you are eligible for free HS eye care you can have a full eye examination with one of our optometrists for FREE.

In our practices where it is available you will also have a free photograph of the back of the eye (free retinal photography).

You may also ask for our Advanced Eyecare (OCT etc) for an additional charge.

Call in or telephone us to book an appointment and try our brand of family eye care from your local optometrist.

If you’re aged between 16 and 70 it is normally recommended that you have your sight tested every two years. You may need to have your eyes tested more often if there is a clinical reason for doing so.

You are entitled to free HS sight tests if you:

    • Are under 16
    • Are in full-time education and aged 16, 17 or 18
    • Are aged 60 or over
    • Are a diagnosed glaucoma patient
    • Are aged 40 or over and are a parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a diagnosed glaucoma patient, or have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
    • Have been diagnosed as diabetic
    • Are registered blind or partially sighted
    • Need complex lenses
    • Are someone whose sight test is carried out through the hospital eye department as part of the management of your eye condition
    • Are getting, or your partner gets:
      • Income Support;
      • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
      • Employment Support Allowance (income related);
      • Minimum Income Guarantee; or
      • Pension Credit guarantee credit
    • Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
    • Are named on a valid HC2 certificate

If you get Universal Credit you are no longer entitled to automatic help with your eye examination and/or spectacles unless you are eligible under one of the other conditions above. If you think you should be getting help, you need to fill in a HC1 form which is available from the post office and normally from or practices. You can also download it by clicking here.  Please do this a few weeks before your eye examination is due as it takes time to process. If you get "full help" you will get a HC2 certificate. You may receive a HC3 certificate which says the amount that you are to contribute yourself towards the normal voucher that the NHS would provide to you. Please ask for more information as the HC3 form can be confusing.

Partial Help

If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate you might get some help towards the cost of a private sight test.

Click here for information about help towards the cost of your spectacles or free NHS spectacles/ free NHS glasses

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