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Free Eye Tests Incl ongoing freebie at Tesco

Last updated: 20 Sep 2016
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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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Vision Express logoFree £25 eye test at Vision Express Book appointment online to get voucher

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You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £25) at Vision Express until 11.59pm on Tue 31 Jan. You'll then have until Tue 28 Feb to redeem the voucher.

Simply go via the link above to book your eye test in the store of your choice (find your nearest). Once you have completed the booking, you'll be emailed a voucher which you must take with you to claim your free test. For exclusions, see 'more info' below.

Vision Express has confirmed there's no obligation to act on its advice, or to make a purchase. If you do need new glasses, 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.

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You can't use this offer if you're under 16 (or up to 18 and in full-time education), over 60, have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma, or if you live in Scotland, as you're entitled to free eye tests through the NHS.

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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