Eye treatment

Help with the cost of sight tests is different across the UK.

Sight tests are free for everyone in Scotland.

You qualify for free NHS sight tests in England and Wales, and Health Service sight tests in Northern Ireland, if:

  • you are aged under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • you are aged 60 or over
  • you are registered blind or are partially sighted
  • you have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • you are aged 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 injury
  • your income is low enough (we have more information about the Low Income Scheme)
  • you need complex or powerful lenses
  • you get Income Support, the guarantee element of Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • you get Universal Credit and meet certain criteria
  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate.

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

  • you are aged under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • you need complex or powerful lenses
  • your weekly income is low enough (see details of the Low Income Scheme)
  • you get Income Support, the guarantee element of Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • you get Universal Credit and meet certain criteria
  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate.

The vouchers can be used with any optician. You will need to show proof that you qualify, for example any letters showing which benefits you get.

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