NHS Services

FREE NHS Eye Tests

FREE NHS-funded eye tests are available to anyone who is eligible in both England and Wales at least every two years.

NHS Vouchers

In addition to a free eye test, you may also be entitled to NHS optical vouchers, helping towards the cost of your glasses. The higher your prescription, the higher the value of your voucher.

You are eligible for an NHS voucher towards the cost of your spectacle if you are:

  • aged under 16
  • aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
  • eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your ophthalmic practitioner can advise you about your entitlement
  • a prisoner on leave from prison

You may also get an NHS optical voucher if you:

  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • are awarded Universal Credit
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • are named on a valid NHS Certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may also get help towards the cost of your glasses.

Voucher Values depend on the prescription and reason the voucher is being issued therefore please contact us if you require further information.

NHS vouchers are supplied by the Optician at the eye examination if new spectacles/ contact lenses are necessary.
The NHS also require proof of eligibility to be shown before the voucher is issued.

For more advice or information contact Betterspecs London

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