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Sight test

You are entitled to receive free NHS-funded sight tests in England if you’re:

  • under 16 years of age 
  • aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education 
  • aged 60 or over 
  • a diagnosed glaucoma patient 
  • at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an ophthalmologist 
  • aged 40 or over and the parent, sibling or child of a diagnosed glaucoma patient 
  • diagnosed as diabetic 
  • registered as severely sight impaired / blind or sight impaired / partially sighted 
  • receiving a sight test in a hospital eye department as part of the management of your eye condition
  • named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate
  • named on, or entitled to, a valid Tax Credit Exemption certificate
  • named on, or are included in an award of someone getting a qualifying benefit or exemption

You may also be entitled to receive a free NHS-funded sight test if you require complex lenses.

Glasses or contact lenses

You are entitled to receive help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses if, at the time of your appointment you're:

  • under 16 years of age
  • 16, 17 or 18 years of age and in full-time education 
  • named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate 
  • named on, or entitled to a valid Tax Credit Exemption certificate
  • named on, or are included in an award of someone getting a qualifying benefit or exemption
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