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Boots Opticians frequently asked questions

Do you have an important question about Boots Opticians? If so, our frequently asked questions and answers may help.

Eye tests

Is Boots Opticians open during lockdown restrictions?

Following the recent National Lockdown announcement, we can confirm that as an essential service we are open as normal. We have all of the necessary safety measures in place to keep you and our colleagues safe. In line with government advice we can safely see you for routine eye care appointments and we are taking extra precautions to keep you and our colleagues safe and provide the expert care we're known for.  We are open for bookings if you need us, book here or find your store  

How often should I go for an eye test?

Eye tests are recommended at least every two years for adults. If you are over 70, or under 16, an eye test is recommended every year.

How much is an eye test?

Unless you qualify for an exemption (see NHS discounts below) an eye test is £25 and includes digital retinal photography. Digital retinal photography allows your optician to take a detailed picture of the back of your eye, helping us to monitor the health of your eyes.

What happens if I need glasses or contact lenses?

If you come to Boots Opticians for an eye test and we find that you need a prescription, the optometrist will tell you more about your eyesight and will help you decide the best option for you.

If you choose glasses you’ll then have a Personal-Eyes consultation, which is our way of making sure that we work with you to find the glasses that make you feel comfortable and confident.

If you decide to try contact lenses, you can make an appointment for our free contact lens assessment and trial.

Further information is available on the following pages:

NHS discounts

Can I get an NHS-funded eye test?

Certain groups of people, such as children under 16 years old and over 60’s, are eligible for free NHS eye tests.

Children under 16 are also entitled to NHS vouchers towards the cost of glasses and contact lenses.

In Scotland, eye tests are free for everyone courtesy of the NHS.

Please see our page on NHS discounts to find out if you are eligible and how to claim.

Booking an appointment

How do I book an appointment?

You can book an appointment online, or call 0345 125 3752. Opening hours are 8:30am – 7pm on Monday to Friday, and 8:45am – 5pm Saturday to Sunday. Alternatively, you can visit your local Boots Opticians, which you can find on our store locator.

How can I reschedule my appointment?

Please contact your local Boots Opticians directly – their phone number is available on our store locator, or you can contact us on 0345 125 3752. Opening hours are 8:30am – 7pm on Monday to Friday, and 8:45am – 5pm Saturday to Sunday.

What times do your practices open?

You can find the full opening times and address details of your local Boots Opticians on our store locator.

Buying glasses

Can I buy glasses on boots.com?

To ensure that you get the best pair of glasses to suit your visual and lifestyle needs, it’s important that you get the right information and advice from our fully trained Boots Opticians team, to help you make your decision. Glasses are therefore not available to buy online, but you can browse the wide selection of frames we sell to get an idea of what styles you might like. Then pop into your local Boots Opticians, where our experienced teams are on hand to help you find your perfect pair. Use our store locator to find your nearest Boots Opticians practice.

When can I collect my glasses?

When you order your glasses at your opticians practice, you will be given a collection appointment. Your glasses will be ready about seven to 10 days after you place your order.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about your glasses order, please contact your Boots Opticians practice. Their phone number can be found at the top of your till receipt, or on our store locator. Please choose option two when you call.

What if I am not happy with my glasses?

We want you to be delighted with your glasses. If you have any concerns about them, please contact the optician’s practice which provided them, and they will arrange for you to come in, so they can help. Their phone number can be found at the top of your till receipt, or on our store locator. Please choose option two when you call.

Can I get my prescription sent to me?

You can request a copy of your prescription by getting in touch with the Boots Opticians practice where you had your eye check. Their phone number can be found at the top of your till receipt, or on our store locator. Please choose option two when you call.

When you get in touch with the practice, please provide them with the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • The address which they hold on record for you
  • A fax number or a postal address, since we currently don’t have the facility to email this information to you
How do I pay for my glasses?

You'll need to pay the full amount for your glasses when you place the order. Unfortunately we no longer offer the option to pay 50% when an order is placed and the rest upon collection.

Please note that we no longer accept cheques at Boots Opticians.

Can I use NHS vouchers as part payment for my glasses?

Yes, please ask at your local Boots Opticians for further information. You can also find more details on our NHS discounts page.

Can I use a prescription from another optician?

Yes, you can bring in a prescription, dated within the last two years, from any opticians in order to buy your glasses.

Contact lenses

How can I get help with the Boots Contact Lens Reward Scheme?

You can call the Boots Contact Lens Reward Scheme team on 0345 603 2020 from 8am – 8pm on Monday to Friday, and 8am – 6pm on Saturday. Alternatively, you can email contactlenses@boots-opticians.co.uk.

You can also manage your account online by visiting www.bootscontactlensrewardscheme.com and entering your email address and reward scheme membership number.

Managing your account online allows you to:

  • Check when your next order is due for delivery
  • Check your payments and previous deliveries
  • Change your delivery address and update your personal details
  • Check when your next contact lens check-up is due
  • Download and print a breakdown of your payments
My contact lenses haven’t arrived. What shall I do?

You can check your delivery status on your account online at www.bootscontactlensrewardscheme.com

Alternatively, you can contact the Boots Contact Lens Reward Scheme team on 0345 603 2020, from 8am – 8pm on Monday to Friday, and 8am – 8pm on Saturday. Or you can send an email to contactlenses@boots-opticians.co.uk.

How do I change my personal details like my address and direct debit?

You can change your details on your account online at www.bootscontactlensrewardscheme.com

Alternatively, you can contact the Boots Contact Lens Reward Scheme team on 0345 603 2020, from 8am – 8pm on Monday to Friday, and 8am – 8pm on Saturday. Or you can send an email to contactlenses@boots-opticians.co.uk

Can I take a payment holiday?

You can postpone your payments and contact lens deliveries for up to six