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Tesco offers free eye tests

Supermarket giant Tesco is now offering free eye tests for all at many of its larger stores.

Anyone not entitled to a free NHS eye test can save the 10 fee it used to charge.

Is this a permanent move?

Yes, since 26 February

Where can you find a Tesco optician?

To find your nearest Tesco optician, use the store locator function on its website and click the 'Opticians available' box on the left of the page.

However, Tesco only has 131 in-store opticians across the UK so you may have to travel far for one.

For example, the closest Tesco with an optician to MSE Towers, in west London, is over six miles away, which represents a long trip across the city.

If there is no store nearby, get our Free Weekly Email which includes free eye test offers when available.

How much does an eye test usually cost?

Some get it free, such as anyone under 16, over 60 or who has certain medical conditions (see the NHS website for full info). Eye tests have been free for all in Scotland since 2006.

Some major stores charge up to 25, however.

Here's a list of typical charges given to us today by various non-Tesco stores

Eye test costs
Optician Basic cost
Boots 20
Optical Express 15
Specsavers 19.50
Vision Express 25

Source: individual stores

How to find cheap glasses/lenses

As well as free eye tests, Tesco is selling glasses from 10, which includes both lenses and the frame.

You do not need to buy glasses or anything else to get the free eye test at Tesco.

See the Cheap Glasses guide for tips on cutting costs or get our Free Weekly Email for the latest offers, when available.

Further reading/Key links

Cut costs: Cheap Glasses, Cheap Prescriptions

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