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Important. Do you qualify for a free eye test on the NHS?

Some people are always entitled to free eye tests, incl anyone under 16 (or up to 19 if in full time education), anyone over 60, those with certain medical conditions (eg, diabetes, glaucoma) and those claiming certain benefits (eg, income-based jobseeker's allowance, income support). For full information, see the NHS website.

What's more if you live in Scotland, eye tests have been free for everyone since 2006.

  • You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £25) at Boots*, which you can use in any Boots store with an optician (find your nearest*), until 11.59pm on Thu 31 Oct. 

    Simply go via the link above and print the voucher or show it on your phone when you go to your appointment – you can book this online, at a Boots Opticians store, or by calling 0345 125 3752.  

    After your eye test, it’s possible Boots staff may try to sell you new glasses, but Boots has confirmed there's no obligation to act on its advice, or to make a purchase. However, if you do wish to buy glasses, the voucher also gets you £20 off a £90+ spend. 

    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.

    Don't live near a Boots Opticians? See our Free Eye Test page for more. 

    • Only one free eye test per person, subject to appointment availability.

  • You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £15-£25) at Specsavers*, until Thu 31 Oct. 

    Specsavers says you should book your eye test in advance. To find out if your branch is participating, enter your postcode on the eye test booking page* and click on your store in the list that appears. We've asked it to confirm how many stores the free eye tests are available in and we'll update you here once we know more.

    You should then see the free eye test voucher (you may need to scroll down) and you can either book online or by calling your branch. It's worth mentioning the voucher when you book.

    Specsavers won't always be the cheapest place to buy your specs though - see our Cheap Glasses page for the latest deals. If you don't live near a Specsavers, see our Free Eye Test page to see where else you can get one. 

    Can I get a free eye test on the NHS?

    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.

    • Cannot be exchanged for cash, used with other vouchers or eye-health clinic appointments or redeemed by those entitled to a free NHS-funded eye test. One per person.

  • You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £25) at Vision Express when you book by 11.59pm on Tue 29 Oct for an eye test no later than Sat 30 Nov.

    Simply go via the link above to book your eye test in the store of your choice (find your nearest). Once you've 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?

    If you don't live near a Vision Express, see our Free Eye Test page for other places to can get a free eye test. 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.

      • Eye test appointments are subject to availability.
      • The free eye test is only valid with a voucher when booked online.
      • There is no cash alternative and cannot be used if you are entitled to a free NHS funded eye test.
      • Not applicable with any other eye test offer.
      • This offer can be used in conjunction with the 2nd Pair offer.
      • This offer can be used in conjunction with the free contact lens assessment and trial.
  • You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £20) at Optical Express, available until Thu 31 Oct. 

    Simply go via this Optical Express link, fill in your details and request a call back to book an appointment at your local branch (find your nearest). Your eye test must be carried out by Thu 31 Oct.

    The page says that the offer is for people taking part in Go Sober for October or Stoptober, but Optical Express has confirmed to us that you don't have to be taking part to get the free eye test.

    You'll then receive your voucher digitally in an email, but make sure you print it out for your appointment 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.

    The voucher's valid UK-wide and Optical Express has confirmed there's no obligation to act on its advice, or to make a purchase. If you don't live near an Optical Express, see our Free Eye Test page for others. 

    Can I get a free eye test on the NHS?

    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.

  • 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.

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.