Eye treatment and glasses

Sight tests are free for everyone in Scotland.

You qualify for free NHS sight tests in England and Wales if:

  • you’re under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • you’re 60 or over
  • you’re registered blind or partially sighted
  • you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • you’re 40 or over and are the parent, brother, sister or child of someone with glaucoma
  • your sight test is carried out through the hospital eye department
  • you receive a valid war pension and have eyesight issues due to your war disability
  • your income is low enough
  • you need complex or powerful lenses
  • you’re included in an award of Income Support, the guarantee element of Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Universal Credit
  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate.

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you qualify for vouchers towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses if:

  • you’re under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • you need complex or powerful lenses
  • your weekly income is low enough
  • you’re included in an award of Income Support, the guarantee element of Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Universal Credit
  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate.

You’ll need to show your optician proof that you qualify, for example any letters showing which benefits you receive.

In Northern Ireland

Visit nidirect.gov.uk for information on help with eye treatment and glasses.

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Prescriptions

You may be eligible for free prescriptions if you have cancer. There are also other ways to help with the cost of medications.

Dental treatment

Dental charges vary across the UK. You may qualify for free dental treatment.

Low income scheme

The Low Income Scheme may help people who still have to pay healthcare costs, but may be on a low income.