NHS Entitlements

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Cargills Optometrists provide NHS funded eye examinations for those who qualify at all our practices.
If you require spectacles then a voucher can be issued against the cost of your glasses, this may cover the cost in full depending on your frame and spectacle lens choice.
The NHS do place certain restrictions of the frequency of sight tests and the issue of vouchers, please ask for advice before booking an appointment.

You qualify for an NHS funded sight test if:

  • you’re under 16
  • you’re under 19 and in full-time education
  • you’re 60 or over
  • you’re registered as blind or partially sighted
  • 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 eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement

You’re also entitled an NHS funded 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 (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’re named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may get some help towards the cost of your sight test.

How often can I have a free NHS eye test?

Adults and children are often advised to have a sight test every two years.
However, in some circumstances, your optometrist may recommend more frequent NHS sight tests. For example, if you:

  • are a child requiring a prescription
  • have diabetes
  • are 40 or over and have a family history of glaucoma
  • are 70 or over and it is felt that more frequent checks are necessary

If you are unsure whether you are entitled to an NHS funded sight test please contact your local Cargills practice.