NHS eye care
 

 

Some people are entitled to a basic NHS test. You may upgrade this to our Enhanced Eye Examination for an additional fee (please see our Professional Fees page for more information).

You may be entitled to a basic NHS sight test if you:

  • Are under 16, or if you are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education*
  • Are aged 60 or over
  • Have been diagnosed with glaucoma or diabetes
  • Are aged 40 or over and are either a parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of someone with glaucoma
  • Have been advised by an ophthalmic practitioner that they are at risk of glaucoma
  • Are registered sight impaired or severely sight impaired (previously known as blind or partially sighted)
  • Require complex lenses*
  • If you or your partner are in receipt of Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.*
  • Are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate*
  • Are named on a valid HC2W certificate*
  • If you are named on a valid HC3W you might get partial help towards the cost of a private sight test, and glasses or contact lenses*

 

* If you fall under any of the groups marked with an asterisk, you may be entitled to an NHS optical voucher, giving you help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses.

 

As part of the Eye Health Examinations Wales (EHEW) scheme, you may be entitled to a test if:

  • You have an eye problem that needs urgent attention
  • You have sight in one eye only
  • You have a hearing impairment or are profoundly deaf
  • You have retinitis pigmentosa
  • You are of Black or Asian ethnicity
  • Your GP has referred you because they think you may have an eye problem

 

If you also fall under one of the groups with an asterisk above, you may also be entitled to an NHS optical voucher, giving you help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses.