NHS Entitlement

Are You Entitled to NHS Eye Care?

Many people are already aware of their ability or inability to claim NHS support towards their optical care, but for those that don’t, below you will find the current criteria as issued by the NHS in deciding who is and who isn’t eligible.

Who Qualifies for an NHS Test:
  1. Children under 16
  2. Full time students under 19
  3. All those over 60 years of age
  4. Those receiving Income based benefits, i.e. Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  5. Those holding Form HC2/3
  6. Complex lenses
  7. People with diabetes or glaucoma
  8. People over 40 with immediate family history of glaucoma
  9. Those registered blind or partially sighted

 

Changes in NHS regulations since 2001 mean that we may require evidence of NHS eligibility, so, in order that we are able to offer you a quick and efficient service, please bring along your NHS card or benefits booklet as evidence of entitlement. You are entitled to an NHS Sight Test at intervals specified and limited by the NHS (usually, but not always, 2 years). An eye examination within that interval may incur a charge. Please ask for details.

Who Qualifies for NHS Vouchers (help towards the cost of spectacles or contact lenses):
  1. Children under 16
  2. Full time students under 19
  3. Those receiving Income based benefits, i.e. Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  4. Those holding Form HC2/3
  5. Complex lenses (partial help)
  6. Persons not in the above list but on low income may still get help.

 

Please ask for Form HC1 in advance of your appointment.


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