Free NHS eye tests and optical vouchers (if eligible)

Find out if you're entitled to a free NHS sight test or an optical voucher to reduce the cost of glasses or contact lenses. Please note, if you're not eligible for NHS-funded sight tests or optical vouchers, you'll have to cover the costs yourself.

You're entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:
are under 16
are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
are 60 or over
are registered as partially sighted or blind
have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
are 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma
have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you're at risk of glaucoma
are a prisoner on leave from prison
are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optician can advise you about your entitlement

You're also entitled if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:
Income Support
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
Universal Credit and meet the criteria

For more information visit the NHS website.

If you paid for a sight test but think you may qualify for an NHS-funded sight test, or you're about to have a test and you're not sure if you qualify, ask the optometrist for a receipt that shows you paid for the test and the date of payment. Find out how to get a refund here.

You're entitled to an optical voucher for help towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses if you:
are under 16
are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
are a prisoner on leave from prison
are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – an optician can advise you about your entitlement

Find out more about NHS optical vouchers here

If you paid for glasses or contact lenses and think you may have qualified for a voucher, you can claim a refund. You'll need a receipt for the glasses or contact lenses you've bought, including the amount you paid and the date of payment. Find out how to get a refund here.

Looking after your eyesight

If your eyes feel out of sorts after spending time looking at screens you could be suffering screen fatigue. To keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright always follow the 20-20-20 rule when looking at screens (TV, computer, mobile, tablet etc) for extended periods:



As well as taking regular breaks how your screen is set-up can also affect your risk of screen fatigue. One rule of thumb when thinking about where and how to position screens is the 1 – 2 – 10 rule:

view mobile phones from a distance of one foot (30cm)
desktop devices and laptops from two feet (60 – 75cms),
TV screens from around 10 feet (depending on how big the screen is).

Starring at screens can also highlight existing vision problems that you may have (for example short-sightedness) so it’s vital that screen users have regular sight tests and follow a healthy eyecare regime.

Source: www.visionmatters.org.uk
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