In England, you qualify for a free NHS HOME eye examination if you are:

  • Unable to leave home unaccompanied or
  • Require a home visit on account of a physical or mental disability

and you fall into one of the categories for a free NHS sight test listed below:

  • Under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma
  • 40 or over with a direct relative with glaucoma, or you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • Prescribed a complex lens

or you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (not contribution based)
  • Working Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate
  • Child Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate
  • You are named on a NHS certificate for full or partial help with health costs (HC2/3)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

Help with cost of spectacles:

Across the UK, you can get NHS vouchers that will help with much of the cost of glasses or contact lenses if you:
  • Are aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education
  • Or are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (we will advise you about this)
  • Receive a means-tested benefit (specifically Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, or Universal Credit)
  • Are entitled to, or named on, either a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2). People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

Millions of people in the UK do not take advantage of free eye tests. Eye tests can identify eye conditions, which if left untreated may have detrimental impact on your health and independence. If you are unable to leave your home because of illness or disability, we will come to you so that you can have your free NHS eye test at home. Should you have any questions about NHS entitlement, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help.