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NHS eye examinations & optical vouchers


Regular eye examinations are important, which is why we recommend you have an eye examination at least every two years, unless advised otherwise by your optometrist.

More than 30 million people in the UK are entitled to a free eye examination paid for by the NHS. The list below details who is automatically entitled to regular NHS sight tests.


  1. Aged 60 or over

  2. Under 16 or 16, 17,18 and still in full time education

  3. Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma

  4. 40 years of age or over and the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma

  5. Registered blind or partially sighted

  6. In need of complex lenses (you may also get an optical voucher)


You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:


• Income Support, Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit

• Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit (and are named on a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate)

  1. On a low income and named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate


Help with your glasses


As well as a free eye examination, you may also be entitled to some help with the purchase of glasses or contact lenses, if you are:


  1. Under 16 or 16, 17, 18 and still in full time education

  2. Named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate

  3. In need of complex lenses

• Or your partner claim Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Pension credit, Working Family’s Tax Credit/Disabled Person’s Tax Credit (and are named on a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate)


Paul Whiteman Optometrists staff will be able to advise on NHS entitlements based on your own individual circumstance.

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NHS funded eye examinations & optical voucher entitlements