NHS eligibility


You qualify for a free NHS funded sight test if:

  • you're aged under 16 
  • you're aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education 
  • you're aged 60 or over 
  • you're registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired) 
  • you've been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • you're 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma 
  • you've been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma 
  • you're a prisoner on leave from prison 
  • you're eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – we can advise you about your entitlement 
  • you receive Income Support 
  • you receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based) 
  • you receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit 
  • you receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance  
  • you are awarded Universal Credit
  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate 
  • you are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2) 




If you qualify for a free NHS funded sight test, you may be entitled to a free NHS funded home sight test:

  • ​​​at home - if you are unable to leave home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability;
  • at a residential or care home - if you normally live there and you are unable to leave the home unaccompanied because of a physical or mental illness or disability;
  • at a day centre - if you would have difficulty getting a sight test from an optician at their practice because of physical or mental illness or disability, or because you have difficulty communicating your health needs without help.

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