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Who is entitled to a free eye test?

In the UK, the entitlement to a free eye test, also known as a sight test, is provided under the National Health Service (NHS) to certain groups of people:

  1. Children: All children under the age of 16 are entitled to free NHS eye tests. Additionally, children aged 16, 17, or 18 and in full-time education are also eligible.
  2. Seniors: Individuals aged 60 and over are entitled to free NHS eye tests.
  3. Individuals with Specific Medical Conditions: People diagnosed with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or glaucoma, are entitled to free NHS eye tests. In some cases, individuals with a family history of glaucoma may also be eligible.
  4. Low-Income Individuals: Those receiving certain benefits, such as Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, or Universal Credit (with earnings below a certain threshold), are generally entitled to free NHS eye tests.
  5. Individuals with Complex Sight Problems: People who have sight impairment and have been certified by a consultant ophthalmologist as needing regular eye tests may be entitled to free NHS eye tests.

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Proof of eligibility

To prove eligibility for a free NHS eye test in the UK, you may be required to provide specific documents or information depending on your circumstances:

  1. Age Verification: For children, proof of age may be required, such as a birth certificate or passport, to confirm eligibility for a free eye test if they are under the age of 16 or between 16 to 18 and in full-time education.
  2. Identity Documents: Individuals may be asked to provide identity documents, such as a passport or driving license, to confirm their identity when applying for a free eye test.
  3. Medical Evidence: For individuals with specific medical conditions, a letter from their GP or consultant confirming the condition may be required to demonstrate eligibility for a free eye test. For example, for diabetes or glaucoma, medical records or prescriptions could be used as evidence.
  4. Proof of Income or Benefits: Low-income individuals receiving certain benefits may need to provide relevant documents, such as a Benefits Award Letter or Universal Credit statement, to verify their eligibility for a free eye test.
  5. Certificate of Visual Impairment: Individuals with complex sight problems may need to show a certificate of visual impairment, which is provided by a consultant ophthalmologist, to qualify for free NHS eye tests.

Please note that specific requirements for eligibility may vary. To confirm your specific entitlement to a free eye test, it is recommended to check with us directly. If you are eligible, make sure to take advantage of this service to ensure regular eye check-ups and maintain good eye health.