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Free Eye Tests Incl Specsavers & Optical Express

Last updated: 3 Jul 2018
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This is a rundown of all the current free eye test deals, incl Specsavers and Optical Express.

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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Optical Express logo100 for 2 pairs of prescription sunnies, incl one designer, eg, Ray-Bans*Plus free eye test. Via MSE Blagged voucher

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Let's face it, designer sunnies aren't MoneySaving, but if the recent sunshine has encouraged you to buy some, then we've a way for you to get a discount on popular brands. You can get a voucher for £30 off £130+ designer prescription specs or prescription sunnies at Optical Express*, as well as a free second own-brand pair of sunnies, until 11.59pm on Tue 21 Aug. 

To get the voucher, you need to go via this MSE Blagged Optical Express* link, fill in your details and request a call back to book an appointment at your local branch (find your nearest). Even though this is billed as a free eye test, Optical Express has confirmed to us that you don’t need to have an eye test to get the discount on the glasses, so this can be a clever workaround to get £30 off and a free second pair. It’s told us that you just need to take a valid prescription with you. 

You'll then receive your voucher digitally in an email, but make sure you print it out if you can. Optical Express says it should be able to accept vouchers on phone screens, but it's usually safer to present a printed version.

If you buy a pair of complete glasses or prescription sunglasses (lenses and frames, including designer brands) that cost £130 or more, the voucher will get you £30 off that pair and a second own-brand pair of sunglasses for free, meaning you could get two pairs for £100. The free second pair has to be the same prescription as the first pair.


We've spotted designer frames from high-end brands such as Dior, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Police, Lacoste and Dolce & Gabbana for £130 or more (the price range is huge with some as much as £400), which you can get £30 off.


Optical Express won't always be the cheapest place to buy your specs though – see our Cheap Glasses page for the latest deals and always do your own price comparisons before buying – but remember to factor in the 'free' second pair you get with this deal.

Just after an eye test?

The voucher will also get you a free eye test (norm £20) at Optical Express. Simply request a call back to book an appointment and then take the voucher along with you. Optical Express has confirmed to us that there’s no obligation to act on its advice, or to make a purchase.

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.

Health and Safety Executive logoGet a FREE eye test if you work on a computerHealth & Safety rules can mean your employer's responsible


If you work on a computer or laptop - sometimes technically known as a VDU (visual display unit) or DSE (display screen equipment) - for the majority of the day, you could be entitled to a free eye test from your employer.

The Health and Safety Executive has rules in place which mean that your employer may be obliged to offer you a free eye test if you ask for it. Each employer will have a different arrangement for this - some will let you book your own eye test and claim the money back on expenses, while others may prefer that all staff are seen by the same optician. It's best to speak to your employer and ask how it works for you. 

Some employers will also pay for, or contribute towards, a pair of glasses if you need them to carry out your work. Again, it's best to ask your employer how this works for your company.

Remember to always keep your receipts as these may be needed, particularly if you need to claim the costs back yourself.

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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 see our Cheap Glasses deals and Cheap Contact Lenses guide to make sure you get the best deal possible.

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