NHS Funded Eye Tests

The NHS, together with Hanson Opticians, will cover the full cost of an eye test for anyone who qualifies (funding does not apply to everyone). In some cases, the NHS will also give an optical voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses.

All of our customers receive the same level of care, attention, advice and follow-up services, regardless of whether their eye test is NHS-funded or not.

Do You Qualify For An NHS Eye Test?

You are entitled to an NHS-funded sight test annually if:
16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
60 or over
Medical Condition
Registered as partially sighted or blind
Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
Advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
Aged 40 or over and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
Receive Income Support (you or your partner)
Receive Income-based (not Contribution-based) Jobseeker’s Allowance (you or your partner)
Receive Income-based Employment (not Contribution-based) and Support Allowance (you or your partner)
Receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (you or your partner)
Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate (you or your partner)
On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) certificate (you or your partner)

If you or your partner are named on a valid HC3 certificate, you might be able to get partial help towards the cost of your eye test. Ask in store.
Prisoner on leave from prison
Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher

Who Does Not Qualify For An NHS-Funded Eye Test?

Unfortunately, you are not entitled to an NHS-funded eye test if you only receive the following:
Recipients of Child Benefit
Recipients of Disability Living Allowance
Recipients of Incapacity Benefit
Recipients of Housing Benefit
Recipients of Maternity Benefit
Recipients of Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Recipients of Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
Recipients of Tax Credit without an NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
Recipients of Pension Credit Savings Credit on its own
NHS staff are not automatically entitled to this NHS-funded eye test either. Funding is available to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

If you’re not sure whether you qualify for an NHS-funded eye test, please visit us instore and our staff will be happy to help.

Information sourced from the NHS.

How To Get Your Free Eye Test?

How to book your NHS-funded eye test
To book an eye test at Hanson Opticians, simply call or visit us instore. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online. When you make your booking, you do not need to specify that your eye test will be NHS-funded.

What you need to bring to your eye test
Please bring proof that you qualify for an NHS-funded eye test or an NHS optical voucher for glasses.