NHS Eye Care Eligibility

NHS Eye Care Eligibility


We’re proud to offer an NHS eyecare service in all of our M&S Opticians. The NHS provides free eye tests with us for anyone who qualifies, and you may even be entitled to an optical voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses. Read below to find all about NHS eye care eligibility. 


NHS free eye tests eligibility

Anyone over the age of 60 and under the age of 16 is eligible for a free NHS eye test. However, you may also qualify if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Under the age of 19 and in full time education
  • Have diabetes or glaucoma
  • Aged 40+ and have a close relative with glaucoma
  • Registered blind or partially blind
  • Receive income support or are on income based allowances


NHS optical vouchers eligibility

In some circumstances, the NHS will also provide optical vouchers, which count towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses.

You may be eligible for help towards the cost of glasses and contact lenses if you’re:

  • 15 or under
  • Under 19 and in full-time education
  • Prescribed complex lenses
  • If you receive income support or income-based allowances


What to bring to your eye test

If you do receive free NHS eyecare, you’ll be asked to provide proof of entitlement when you attend your appointment. You will need to bring along a document to your appointment to show that you qualify for an NHS-funded eye test and/or an NHS optical voucher for glasses (if applicable).


Learn more about NHS eye care eligibility

Still unsure if you’re eligible for free NHS eye care or unsure of what proof you need? Pop into M&S Opticians or book an appointment. Get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to offer help and guidance in relation to eligibility.

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