Important information about eye care
It is a medical fact that regular eye examinations should be looked on as highly important, which is why at Eye See You, we recommend that an eye examination should be taken at least every two years for people that are aged between 9 and 70.
Children under the age of 9 and adults that are over the age of 70 should have a sight test once a year, unless you have been specially advised otherwise by your optometrist or GP.
Are you entitled to a free eye test?
In the UK, over 30 million people are entitled to a free eye examination which is paid for by the NHS. This automatically entitles individuals to a COMPLETELY FREE sight test on the NHS if they are:
Are aged 60 or over
Are aged under 16 – or under 19 & still in full time education
Live in Scotland
Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma
40 years of age or over with a close relative with glaucoma
Registered blind or partially sighted
In need of complex lenses (you may also get an optical voucher)
Additionally, you are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you, or your partner, receive the following:
Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit (and are named on a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate)
You are named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate
Help with paying for your glasses
It is also possible that you do not need to pay the full amount for your glasses…
In addition to receiving a free eye examination, you may also be entitled to some help with the purchase of your glasses or contact lenses, if you are:
Under 16 or under 19 and still in full time education
Named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate
In need of complex lenses
You or your partner claim Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Working Family’s Tax Credit/Disabled Person’s Tax Credit (and are named on a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate)