Can I get free eye tests?

You can get free eye tests on the NHS if you are under 16, if you are under 19 and in full-time education, or if you are receiving certain benefits. Eye tests don’t just check for near- and far-sightedness, they also check eye health and early testing can prevent conditions from worsening.

Facts

  • Only half (49%) of parents have ever taken their child for an eye test over and above routine developmental checks.
  • Almost one in 10 (9%) have never had their child’s eyes tested – even during a developmental check – and a further 12% do not know if they have been examined.

Source: MSN News

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  • Looking after your eyes @ Healthy Eyes

    Excerpt: Surveys show that people fear losing their sight more than any other sense. Yet those of us with good vision often find it so hard to imagine life without it that we tend to take it for granted. The mere fact that around 120 people every day lose their sight through injury or disease in the UK alone means that we should be anything but complacent when it comes to looking after our sight. Here are some ways you can do just that.

  • Am I entitled to a free NHS eye test? @ NHS Choices
    Excerpt: You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:

    • you’re under 16
    • you’re under 19 and in full-time education
    • you’re 60 or over
    • you’re registered as blind or partially sighted
    • you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma