NHS entitlement

The following groups are entitled to NHS sight tests:


  • Anyone over the age of 60
  • Anyone under the age of 16 or under the age of 19 if they are in full time education
  • Those who receive (or whose partner receives)
    • Income Support
    • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
    • Pension Credit or Tax Credits and is named on a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate.
  • Those with glaucoma and diabetes
  • Those over age of 40 with a parent, brother, sister or child who has or had glaucoma
  • People entitled to NHS complex lens vouchers
  • Those named on a HC2 certificate

If you belong to one of the above groups you may be entitled to a voucher towards the cost of your spectacles. The value of this voucher depends on your prescription and the type of spectacle lenses you require.