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Free Eye Tests Incl ongoing freebie at Tesco

Last updated: 7 Mar 2017
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This is a rundown of all the current free eye test deals, incl Tesco's ongoing free offer.

Remember if you're under 16 (or up to 19 and in full-time education) or over 60, you're already entitled to free eye-tests on the NHS.

And if you live in Scotland, EVERYONE gets free eye tests.

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Optical Express logoFree eye test at Optical Express*Via Blagged voucher. Norm £30


You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £30) at Optical Express* until 11.59pm on Wed 31 May. You'll then have until Wed 7 Jun to use the voucher.

Simply go via the MSE Blagged link above, fill in your details and request a call back from Optical Express to make your appointment at your local branch (find your nearest). Optical Express says if you miss the first call, it will ring back to make sure you get an appointment. You'll then receive your voucher by email. Make sure you take a printed version of the voucher with you to your appointment - you can't just show it on your smartphone as the barcode won't scan.

The voucher's valid UK-wide and Optical Express has confirmed there's no obligation to act on its advice, or to make a purchase. However, if you do decide to buy a pair of complete glasses or prescription sunglasses (lenses and frames) that cost £100+, the voucher will also get you 10% off. Optical Express won't always be the cheapest place to buy your specs though - see our Cheap Glasses page for the latest deals.

Where else can I get a free eye test?

Tesco Opticians also offers a free eye test with no voucher needed, if that's more convenient for you. Remember, if you're under 16 (or up to 19 and in full-time education), over 60, or if you live in Scotland, you're entitled to free eye tests on the NHS anyway.

Tesco Opticians logoFree eye test at TescoBook an appointment over phone. No voucher needed

Ongoing offer

For a free eye test at Tesco, either book a test by phone (0345 601 3479) or visit one of the Tesco Opticians nationwide.

To find a participating store, enter your postcode and filter to show 'opticians' on the Tesco store locator page. Remember, if you're under 16 or over 60, or if you live in Scotland, you're entitled to free eye tests anyway.

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Standard eye test costs at high street opticians

To give you an idea of how much the offers above will save you, here's a round-up of prices at some of the leading high street opticians :

  • Boots (eye check) - £25
  • Tesco Opticians (eye check) - FREE
  • Optical Express - £30
  • Specsavers - £20-£25
  • Vision Express - £15-£28
  • Asda Opticians - £15

Source: individual stores Sept 2016

Do you qualify for a free eye test on the NHS?

Some people are always entitled to eye tests, incl anyone under 16 (or up to 19 if in full time education), anyone over 60, and those with certain medical conditions (see the NHS website for full information).

What's more if you live in Scotland, eye tests have been free for everyone since 2006.

What to look out for with prescriptions

By law you're entitled to your prescription after having an eye test and cannot be forced to buy glasses or contact lenses from the retailer the optician works for. However some opticians carry out extra assessments such as eye photos, for which they may charge, so always double check the total price in advance. Prescriptions have a 'lifespan' of two years.

Pay less for specs

If it turns out you do need a new or different prescription don't make a purchase straight away. First see our Cheap Glasses deals and Cheap Contact Lenses guide to make sure you get the best deal possible.

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