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NHS Eligibility

Changes in NHS regulations since 2001 mean that we may require evidence of NHS eligibility.

Please bring along your NHS card or benefits booklet as evidence of entitlement. You are entitled to an NHS Sight Test at intervals specified by the NHS (usually, but not always, 2 years). An eye examination within that interval may incur a charge.

Who qualifies for NHS spectacle vouchers?

Children under 16

Full time students under 19

Those receiving Income based benefits, i.e. Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Those holding Form HC2/3 (HC3 voucher value will be reduced by the amount on the HC3)

Complex lenses (partial help)

Persons not in the above list but on low income may still get help. Please ask for Form HC1 in advance of your appointment.

Who qualifies for an NHS sight test?

All those on above list

Over 60’s

People with diabetes or glaucoma

People over 40 with immediate family history of glaucoma

Those registered blind or partially sighted

Those with an HC3 Form