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What optical benefits do I get on Job Seekers Allowance?

Question

I have recently been made redundant and receiving Job Seekers Allowance. Can you explain if I am entitled to any free/discounted service? If I visit my branch what information will I need to take with me?

Answer Written answer:
Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

If your on income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, you are entitled to a free eye test through the NHS and a voucher towards the cost of your glasses. Some opticians like Specsavers have a range of glasses that are free for the value of the voucher.  You should take any proof with you of this benefit if you have any.

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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