NHS Entitlement

If your child is aged 16 or under (or 18 and under if they’re still in full time education), then the NHS will provide FREE eye tests and contribute towards the cost of glasses.

We’ve carefully tailored the pricing of our range of children’s glasses to ensure that the NHS allowance will cover the full cost. That means that our complete eye test service, and a selected range of children’s glasses are completely free. 

We can also offer children’s prescription sunglasses and a wide selection of optional extras at very competitive prices.

And it’s not just children who can benefit! Free eye tests are typically available to anyone who is:

  • Aged 60 or over Aged 16 or under (or 18 and in full time education) 
  • Diagnosed with Diabetes or Glaucoma 
  • Considered to be at risk of Glaucoma (as advised by an Ophthalmologist) 
  • Aged 40 or over and the patient, brother, sister, son or daughter of person diagnosed with Glaucoma 
    Registered partially sighted or blind 
  • Eligible for an NHS complex lenses voucher as advised by the Optician 
  • On low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate 
  • A prisoner being seen outside prison 

And if you or your partner receives the following benefits, the NHS will usually cover the cost of your eye tests as well:

  • Income Support,
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, 
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, 
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or 
  • Receiving Tax Credits and meeting qualifying conditions



To find out whether you qualify for assistance with the cost of eye tests and glasses or contact lenses, you can speak to us directly by calling your nearest branch today (or by email at [email protected]), or you can contact NHS Direct via their website.

To see what’s involved in a typical eye examination, click here.

For more information, or to book your next eye test, call your nearest branch today or email [email protected].