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If you have a member of the family with glaucoma, do I get a free eye test?


I heard that if any member of your family has glaucoma, then you get a free eye test is that correct? I am 28 and my dad has Glaucoma, diabetes runs in the family and my mother had to have eye laser treatment due to problems.
I have already had an eye test a year ago but my vision has worsened and is a bit blurred. Can't afford to keep paying annually for eye tests, etc.

Answer Written answer:

You are only allowed a free eye test through the NHS if you have a close relative (mother, father, sister, brother) with glaucoma and you are over 40 years old. With your family history however and the fact that you are finding your vision blurred, I would keep up with regular tests if at all possible. 

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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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