NHS Sight Tests

You may be eligible for an NHS funded sight test if you meet any of the following criteria:

Age related criteria
~ under 16
~ 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
~ 60 or over

Vision or health related criteria
~ registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
~ eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – we can advise you about this entitlement
~ diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
~ advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you are at risk of glaucoma

Health and age related criteria
~ 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma

Income related criteria
If you…
~ receive income support
~ receive income-based job-seeker’s allowance (not contribution-based)
~ receive pension guarantee credit
~ receive income-based employment and support allowance (not contribution-based)
~ are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
~ are on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

You may also be entitled to an NHS funded sight test if:
~ you are a prisoner on leave from prison

Please note:
When you visit us, please tell us if you think you may be entitled to an NHS funded eye examination. We will give you a ‘GOS1’ form to fill in and sign. You will always be asked to show proof that you’re entitled to an NHS funded eye examination.

NHS England sets minimum intervals for eye examinations and you will therefore also be asked for the date of your last eye exam (not just the date of your last NHS exam) on the GOS1 form.

For more information, see the NHS leaflet ‘Help with health costs’. This leaflet explains which documents you will need to prove that you’re entitled to an NHS funded eye examination.

If you don’t qualify for an NHS funded eye examination, you will have to pay for a private eye examination.

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