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I’m 61 years of age….am I entitled to NHS glasses?

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I'm 61 years of age....am I entitled to NHS glasses?

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Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

You are entitled to a free eye test through the NHS because you are over 60. You are not entitled to a voucher towards the cost of your glasses unless you are on certain benefits. If you are take proof of the benefit to the opticians and they will explain if you are eligible. Incidentally there is no such thing as NHS glasses....if eligible you are issued with a voucher towards the cost. In some practices like Specsavers there is a range of glasses where the voucher covers the total cost.

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 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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