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How to apply for a refund of NHS optical charges depends on the UK county you live in. Read about who is entitled to help with their optical charges.

Refunds must be claimed within 3 months of payment.

If you are paying optical charges in instalments, you can claim a refund after you have paid the value of your optical voucher. Speak to your optician if you do not know the valie of your optical voucher.

England

To apply, download, print and return a HC5 refund form with your original receipt and optical prescription. The HC5 form tells you where to send it.

To claim a refund of optical charges paid online, print and send the payment invoice with your HC5 and optical prescription.

Scotland

To apply, download, print and return a HC5 refund form with your original receipt and optical prescription. The HC5 form tells you where to send it.

To claim a refund of optical charges paid online, print and send the payment invoice with your HC5 and optical prescription.

If you cannot print this form please contact Practitioner Services, 0131 275 6386.

Wales

To apply for a refund of optical charges paid, you need to complete an HC5 form. Order a HC5 by calling 0345 603 1108. The form tells you where to send it to.

In Wales, you cannot claim a refund of glasses or contact lenses bought online.

Northern Ireland

To apply for a refund of optical charges paid in Northern Ireland, you need to complete an HC5 form.

You can obtain the form in person from your Social Security Office or Job and Benefits Office.

The form tells you where to send it to.