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.