NHS eye examinations

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

  • you are aged under 16, or aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
  • you are aged 60 or over
  • you have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, or are considered to be at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • you are aged 40 or over and are the brother, sister, parent or child of someone with glaucoma
  • you have been prescribed complex lenses under the NHS voucher scheme
  • you are registered as sight-impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight-impaired (blind)

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

  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

How often can you have an NHS sight test?

The NHS recommends that you have your eyes examined every two years.  However, if you are

  • 16 or under,
  • over 70,
  • have diabetes or glaucoma, or
  • aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma

we would recommend that you have your eyes examined every year.  We will send you a reminder in the post when your next examination is due.  If you are concerned about your eye health or vision before you next examination is due please contact us to discuss an early examination.