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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.

  • Getting your eyes checked, new glasses and especially laser eye surgery can be expensive, but there are ways to save money at Optical Express, so even if there isn’t a cracking deal out there that works for you, don’t assume you can’t cut your costs further.

    Ways to save include:

    • Free Savings Calculator. Enter in your age and annual spend on glasses and/or contacts to see if you could save money with Optical Express.  
       
    • Try haggling. We polled 1,400 MoneySavers to find out in which shops they had most success haggling. Although high street opticians didn't feature, it could be worth go. Find out more in our Haggle on the High Street guide.

    • Check out similar retailers, eg, Specsavers, Glasses Direct and SpeckyFourEyes. If you're not committed to buying from Optical Express, check out our deals from Specsavers, Glasses Direct and SpeckyFourEyes, where there may be a better offer.

    • Want more? Find out more shopping tricks in our Shopping Secrets guide.

    • Had a problem with Optical Express? There’s a free online tool you can use to complain – it helps draft, manage and if necessary escalate your complaint. It’s offered by a firm called Resolver, which we like so much we work with it to help people get complaints justice – you can use it to complain to Optical Express*.

    If you spot any hot deals out there we have missed (we are human after all!), please let us know on Twitter @MSE_Deals, Facebook or by emailing msedeals@moneysavingexpert.com.

  • Free £20 eye test at Optical Express

    Free £20 eye test at Optical Express

    MSE Blagged voucher also gets 10% off glasses or lenses

    Reckon it’s time you had your sight checked? We’ve blagged you an Optical Express voucher for a free eye test (norm £20), available until 11.59pm on Tue 3 Jul.

    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*). 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. However, if you do decide to buy a pair of complete glasses or prescription sunglasses (lenses and frames) that cost £110+, the voucher will also get you 10% off. Optical Express won't always be the cheapest place to buy your specs though - see our Cheap Glasses page for the latest deals.

    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.

  • Free £30 eye test at Optical Express

    Free £30 eye test at Optical Express

    Voucher also gets £30 off £100 on glasses

    Book online at Optical Express*, then print the voucher and take it to your nearest store by Tue 30 Jun for a free eye test (norm £30).

    The voucher's valid UK-wide, but remember if you're under 16 or over 60, or if you live in Scotland, you're entitled to free eye tests anyway. Some others are also eligible for free NHS tests (see below for who).

    If you book a test, the voucher will 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.

    MSE Deborah Heston says: