NHS Entitlement

Are you eligible for an NHS-funded sight test?

 

You qualify for an NHS-funded sight test if:

  • You’re aged under 16
  • You’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
  • You’re aged 60 or over
  • You’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
  • 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 – we can advise you about your entitlement
  • You’re also entitled to an NHS sight test if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not contribution-based)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria on earnings limit
  • You’re also eligible if you’re entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate (if you don’t have a certificate, you can show your award notice) or if you are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2).

 

NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS)

This may provide partial help with the cost of a sight test, glasses, or contact lenses for those who don’t qualify for full help but still have a low income. Ask us for form HC1.

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

 

Proving your entitlement to a free NHS eye test

When you come for your sight test, tell us that you’re entitled to an NHS-funded sight test. We will give you a form called GOS1 to fill in and sign.

You may be asked to show proof that you’re entitled to a free NHS sight test. For more information, see the NHS leaflet, Help with Health Costs or check on the NHS Choices website.

Please note that the NHS has recommended intervals between sight tests, so someone requesting an early sight test might not get it paid for by the NHS in some circumstances. Please ask us for more details.

 

NHS-funded mobile eye tests

If you qualify for an NHS-funded sight test, you may be entitled to NHS-funded mobile services where the ophthalmic practitioner comes to visit you:

  • At home – if you’re unable to leave home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
  • At a residential or care home – if you normally live there and you’re unable to leave the home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
  • At a day centre – if you would have difficulty getting a sight test from an optometrist at their practice because of physical or mental illness or disability, or because you have difficulty communicating your health needs without help

 

NHS Spectacle Vouchers

NHS spectacle vouchers are available to help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses for all children up to the age of 16 years and for all aged 16, 17, and 18 in full-time education.

You may also get an NHS Spectacle Voucher to help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not contribution-based)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria on earnings limit

You’re also eligible if you’re entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate (if you don’t have a certificate, you can show your award notice)

or

you are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2).

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.