Eye Care Costs

Free NHS Sight Tests


You can get free 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 the 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;
  • Get or are included in an award of someone getting:  Income support, or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit; Income Groups Page
  • Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate;
  • Are named on a valid HC2W certificate.
Partial help:  If you are named on a valid HC3W certificate you might get some help towards the cost of a sight test. See Low Income Scheme
Free sight tests are available under the NHS for certain eligible groups.  HC3W holders will have to pay up to £20.90 for a sight test at an optical practice or £57.72 for a sight test at home.
War pensioners - please read Other Groups.


Last updated: 04 April 2013