NHS eye test

Am I entitled to a free NHS eye test?

A free NHS-funded eye examination is available people who:

  • Are under 16
  • Are under 19 and in full-time education
  • Are registered as blind or partially sighted
  • Have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Are 40 or over, and have an immediate relative who has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • Have been advised by an ophthalmologist that they are at risk of glaucoma
  • Are prisoners on leave from prison

An NHS eye test and, if applicable, a voucher towards the cost of glasses is available to people who:

  • Have a complex prescription of more than 10 dioptres
  • Receive Income Support
  • Receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • Receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Have an HC2 certificate
  • You may also get some financial help if you have an HC3 certificate

Proving your entitlement to a free NHS eye test

If you have any paperwork showing evidence of your NHS entitlement please bring it with you to your appointment.