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Free eye test and glasses on Jobseekers Allowance


I like to know how much it will cost me for a eye test and I am on Jobseekers Allowance? I heard I could get my test free and glasses.

Answer Written answer:

As long as it is Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based) you will get a free test through the NHS, and a voucher (issued by the optometrist) towards the cost of your glasses. In some opticians (including Specsavers) there is a range of complete glasses for the value of the voucher.  You need to take proof of the allowance with you to the eye test.

We recommend you seek professional advice if you are concerned about your eye health:

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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