Free sight test!

Free sight test!

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:

you’re aged under 16

you’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education

you’re aged 60 or over

you’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)

you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

you’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma

you’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma

you’re a prisoner on leave from prison

you’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement

You’re also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

receive Income Support

receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)

receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance

are awarded Universal Credit

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)

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.


Optometrists recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. However, in some circumstances, they may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests – for example, if you:

are a child wearing glasses

have diabetes

are aged 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma

are aged 70 or over