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Free Eye Tests Incl £20 freebie at Optical Express & Specsavers

Last updated: 22 Jul 2014
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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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Optical Express logoFree £20 eye test at Optical Express*Plus get £30 off £100 on glasses

Get by 31 Dec

Book online at Optical Express*, then print the voucher and take it to your nearest store by Wed 31 Dec 2014 for a free eye test.

If you book a test, the voucher'll also give you £30 off when you spend £100 or more on complete glasses (frames and lenses), but you can just get the free eye test without buying anything.

Remember if you live in Scotland, everyone gets free eye tests. Some are also eligible for free NHS tests (see below for who).

More info
The voucher's valid UK-wide, however, all eye tests in Scotland are already free.

Tesco logoFree 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, enter your postcode and filter to show 'opticians' on the Tesco store locator page.

 logoStandard eye test costs at high street opticians

Ongoing

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
  • Dollond & Aitchison (eye check) - £25
  • Optical Express - £20
  • Specsavers - prices vary per store, from £20-£25
  • Vision Express - £15-£28

Source: Individual stores Mon 21 Jul 2014

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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 read the Cheap Glasses and Cheap Contact Lenses guides to make sure you get the best deal possible.

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