NHS eye care

Find out if you could be eligible for a free NHS eye test or glasses discount

Taking care of your eyes is important because it not only helps make sure you can see clearly, but it can also provide a window to your overall health by showing the early signs of conditions like diabetes.

That's why, if you need help paying for an eye test, glasses or contact lenses, you may be eligible for an NHS discount.

The NHS provides the following discounts for certain groups of people:

Free NHS eye tests

Who can get a free NHS eye test?

You are entitled to a free NHS eye test if you:

  • are aged under 16
  • are aged 16, 17, or 18 and are in full-time education
  • are aged 60 or over
  • are registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
  • have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • are aged 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son, or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • have been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher - your optometrist can advise you about your entitlement
  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Universal Credit
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • 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
How do I claim my free NHS eye test?

At your Boots Opticians appointment, one of our colleagues will go through the relevant NHS forms with you and fill them in, so you can begin having free eye tests.

Please bring with you official documentation certifying your proof of entitlement if you:

  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Universal 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
How often can I get a free NHS eye test?

How often you can claim your free NHS eye test depends on where you live:

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland only

If you’re under 16 or over 60 years of age, you are entitled to one free eye test every two years. If you’re 16 to 59 and are entitled to an N