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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.
Book online at Optical Express*, and visit your nearest store by Wed 31 Dec to get a free eye test, as part of its iScan advanced eye care report.
The test will provide you with a copy of your prescription, just like a regular eye test, and you can use this to buy glasses and contact lenses. It also checks the health of your eyes and provides you with a full report via email.
Optical Express says the test takes about 15-20 minutes, and there's no obligation for you to buy anything afterwards.
Remember if you live in Scotland, everyone gets free eye tests. Some are also eligible for free NHS tests (see below for who).
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 :
Source: Individual stores Mon 21 Jul 2014
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.
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.
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.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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