You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:

You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help. Optometrists recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. However, in some circumstances, they may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests – for example, if you:

NHS-funded Mobile Eye Tests

If you qualify for a free NHS sight test, you may be entitled to NHS-funded mobile services where the ophthalmic practitioner comes to visit you:

Call 111 to find out who provides mobile sight tests in your area.

Proving Your Entitlement to a Free NHS Eye Test

When you go for your sight test, tell your ophthalmic practitioner that you're entitled to a free NHS sight test. They will give you a form called GOS1 to fill in and sign.

You'll be asked to show proof that you're entitled to a free NHS sight test. For more information, see the NHS leaflet Help with health costs (PDF, 439kb). This leaflet explains which documents you will need to prove this.

You may get help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses if you:

You may also get an NHS optical voucher if:

You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to the optical voucher to the ophthalmic practitioner or a member of their staff.

There are currently eight voucher values. The values are dependent on the strength of your prescription. The stronger your prescription the higher your voucher value.

If you receive an NHS optical voucher, you are free to take it to any supplier of your choice, providing they accept NHS optical vouchers. If your glasses or contact lenses cost more than your voucher value, you will have to pay the difference.

For more information download the leaflet HC12: charges and optical vouchers (PDF, 79kb).

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