You are entitled to free NHS sight tests if you are getting Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit. Your partner and children will also be entitled to free tests if they are included in your benefit award. If you are getting Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit, you may be entitled to free NHS sight tests, depending on your income. You can also get free eye tests if you:
- are under 16
- are under 19 and in full-time education
- are 60 or over
- need complex lenses
- are registered blind or partially sighted
- have diabetes or glaucoma
- are aged 40 or over and are the parent, brother, sister or child of someone with glaucoma, or you have been advised that you are at risk of glaucoma
- are a war pensioner, and need a sight test because of a disability for which you get a war pension
- are a hospital patient, and need a sight test for the management of your eye condition.
Also, if your income is low, you may qualify for vouchers to reduce the cost of glasses or contact lenses.