Your Eye Test is completely free of charge if you fall into one of the following NHS categories:

  • You are aged under 16*
  • You are aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education*
  • You are aged 60 or over
  •  You are registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
  • You have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You are 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • You have been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • You are a prisoner on leave from prison*
  • You are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher due to the strength of your prescription – our staff 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 have been 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)*


*You are also entitled to an NHS contribution towards the cost of your spectacles.

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

You will be asked to show proof that you are entitled to a free NHS sight test.