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Glasses broken and need a new pair


I should where glasses all the time as I have a turn in left eye and squint in my left. But my two year old daughter broke them a few weeks ago.  I am on benefits and get a free eye test but I have one last year,  but I really need glasses. I have not had a new pair for over a year. How do I go about getting a new pair?

Answer Written answer:

Unfortunately there is no provision through the NHS for help towards the cost of broken or lost glasses. You can only have a voucher towards the cost of a new prescription when you have an NHS eye test. However, please enquire at your local practice and see how much a replacement pair of glasses will cost. 

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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