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NHS General Opticial Services are provided to individuals depending on age, health or financial eligibility. If you are unsure if you are eligible for a free NHS sight test from one of our qualified NHS Opticians, call our team to discuss this now. You can also read our 'guide to NHS Sight Tests' blog to find out more.

We also stock a great range of glasses that are free if you qualify for an NHS Optical voucher. We like to give more at Hilliers, so find out about our amazing offers and upgrade options to accompany your free NHS glasses.

Book an appointment to see our Optometrist by calling 020 8863 1541 or visit us today.

NHS eligibility explained

Do you qualify for a free NHS sight test?

You are entitled to 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 eye doctor (ophthalmologist) 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

NHS glasses no longer exist. Instead, you may be given an NHS Optical Voucher which will fund the cost of your glasses. We have a great range of frames which are still free with an NHS optical voucher. You will be entitled to free NHS-funded glasses 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 and meet the criteria on earnings limit
  • are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • you 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. Bring in your certificate so that we can explain how your entitlement is calculated.

We recommend that most people should get their eyes tested at least every two years. However, in some circumstances, we may advise you to book in for an appointment much sooner. Of course, if you experience any changes to your sight, you should call us immediately so that we can discuss this and advise you of the best course of action.

Our main priority is to safe guard your sight so don't be sorry… be safe.

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