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Free Eye Tests Incl ongoing freebie at Tesco

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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 live in Scotland, EVERYONE gets free eye tests.


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Free £20 eye test at Optical Express*Plus get £30 off £100 on glasses

Get by 30 Jun
Book online at Optical Express*, then print the voucher and take it to your nearest store by 30 Jun 2014 for a free eye test. If you book a test, the voucher'll also give you £30 off £100 of complete glasses (frames and lenses), but you can just get the free eye test without buying anything.
More info
The voucher's valid UK-wide, however, all eye tests in Scotland are already free.

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Free eye test at TescoBook an appointment and turn up

Ongoing offer
Either book an eye test by phone (0845 601 3479) or visit one of 192 Tesco Opticians nationwide. To find a participating store, select the 'Opticians available' option on the Tesco page.

How much are you saving?

Standard eye tests can run up to £30.

Here's a current list of prices for eye tests/checks at a few different opticians:

Eye test costs
Boots (eye check) £25 (£12.50 with voucher till 30 Apr 2014)
Dollond & Aitchison (eye check) £25 (£12.50 with voucher till 30 Apr 2014)
Optical Express £15
Specsavers Prices vary per store, from £20 - £25
Vision Express £28
Source: individual stores Thu 16 Sep 2013


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

Some people are always entitled to eye tests, inc. 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 read the Cheap Glasses and Cheap Contact Lenses guides to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Section 75Free protection for all shopping!

There's a secret phrase that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. "Section 75" laws means your plastic must protect anything you buy over £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust you can still get your money back.

Although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards there is something else to fall back on if you paid on a Visa debit or electron card, or Visa credit card under £100 (otherwise go for Section 75). Known as Visa Chargeback, this is part of Visa's internal rules and not a legal requirement. Full details of Section 75, chargeback and how to claim in the Section 75 Refunds guide.

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