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Find out if you qualify for a FREE Eye Test from the NHS

In the UK the NHS provides free eye tests for qualifying patients and in some cases they also contribute towards the cost of glasses. At Optical Express, our experienced optometrists will carry out a thorough eye test and advise you on which optical solution is right for you.

In Scotland the NHS pay for your eye test. In England and Wales an eye test is FREE with any purchase of glasses, contact lenses or sunglasses. Without purchase the cost of an eye test in England and Wales is £20.

If you fall into any of the following groups, the NHS will pay for the cost of your Eye Test:

  • Up to 16 years of age

  • Up to 18 years of age and in full-time education

  • Over 60 years of age

  • Live in Scotland

  • People (or partners of people) who receive certain benefits

  • Holders (or partners of holders) of an exemption certificate (HC2)

  • People who need certain complex lenses

  • People diagnosed diabetic or glaucoma

  • People aged 40 years of age or over who are the brother, sister or child of a diagnosed glaucoma patient