Regular eye examinations are important, which is why we recommend you have an eye examination at least every two years, unless advised otherwise by your optometrist.
More than 30 million people in the UK are entitled to a free eye examination paid for by the NHS. The list below details who is automatically entitled to regular NHS sight tests.
You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:
Help with your glasses. As well as a free eye examination, you may also be entitled to some help with the purchase of glasses or contact lenses, if you are:
Your local optician will be able to advise on NHS entitlements based on your own individual circumstance.
*The new NHS eye examination in Scotland is an eye health assessment, appropriate to patients needs and any symptoms they present.