A: NHS SIght Tests Regular eye examinations are important, which is why we recommend you have an eye examination at least every two years if you are aged between 9 and 70 *. Under 9's and over 70's should have a sight test every year. (*unless advised otherwise by your optometrist or doctor)
More than 30 million people in the UK are entitled to a free eye examination paid for by the NHS. You are automatically entitled to a FREE sight test on the NHS if you....
- Are aged 60 or over
- Are aged under 16 - or under 19 & still in full time education
- Live in Scotland *
- Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma
- 40 years of age or over with a close relative with glaucoma
- Registered blind or partially sighted
- In need of complex lenses (you may also get an optical voucher)
(* The new NHS eye examination in Scotland is an eye health assessment, appropriate to patients needs and any symptoms they present.)
In addition, you are also entitled to a free NHS sight tests if you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:
- Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit (and are named on a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate)
- You are named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate
Help with paying for 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:
- Under 16 or under 19 and still in full time education
- Named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate
- In need of complex lenses
- You or your partner claim Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Working Family’s Tax Credit/Disabled Person’s Tax Credit (and are named on a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate)
- 20 Million British people risk avoidable sight loss because they fail to have regular sight tests.
- One in ten British adults have NEVER had an eye examination.
- 85% of us admit to having problems with our vision.
- More than 30 million Britons are entitled to FREE eyecare (sight tests and / or optical vouchers to cover the cost of any vision correction required) paid for by the NHS.
- Everyone should have an eye examination once every two years unless advised otherwise by their optometrist. The Eye Care Trust recommends children aged under 9 and people aged 70 and over have annual eye examinations.
it’s estimated that 1 in 5 children has an undetected problem with their vision.
Fifty per cent of us think an NHS sight test costs £20 or more? despite it being free!
A quarter of over 60 year old say the quality of their vision affects their daily routine.
(source of information. The Eyecare Trust)