NHS Eligibility

You are eligible for a free NHS funded sight test if you are:

• Aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education
• Aged 60 or over
• Registered partially sighted or blind
• Diagnosed with glaucoma or diabetes
• Aged 40 or over and you are the parent, sister, brother son or daughter of a person who is diagnosed with glaucoma, or if you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
• Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher

You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if:

• You receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution based)
• You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
• You receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
• You are awarded Universal Credit
• You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
• You are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

You may get help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses if you are:

• Aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education
• Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (your optician will advise you on your entitlement)

You may also qualify for an NHS optical voucher if:

• You receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution-based)
• You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
• You receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.
• You are awarded Universal Credit
• You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
• 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.

You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to optical vouchers to the optician or a member of their staff. The values are dependent on the strength of your prescription: the stronger your prescription, the higher your voucher value.