Eligibility for NHS Sight Tests

Many people are entitled to a sight test funded by the NHS. The frequency depends on your age, eye conditions and income. We may ask you to come in more often if deemed clinically necessary.

Every year

  • Under 16
  • Diagnosed with glaucoma
  • Over 40 and have a direct relative with glaucoma

Every two years

  • Under 19 (and in full time education)
  • Over 60
  • Diabetic
  • Advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • Registered as blind or partially sighted
  • Needing complex lenses (we will let you know if you qualify for this)

Also every two years if you receive

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance (not contribution-based)
  • Pension credit guarantee credit (not savings credit)
  • Income-based employment and support allowance (not contribution-based)
  • NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)
  • Or you are on leave from prison

If you are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may get some help towards the cost of a sight test.

Please contact us if you have any questions about NHS eligibility.