Free glasses with your NHS Optical Voucher

Can you have free glasses or contact lenses with an NHS Optical Voucher at Specsavers?

Specsavers has offers for customers who have NHS support towards the cost of their glasses. Ask your optician about whether you are eligible when you have an eye test.

It can be difficult trying to determine whether or not you are able to receive a contribution towards glasses and contact lenses from the NHS. But at Specsavers, we want to help you get the best deal possible. Glasses from our £25 and £45 ranges are free with an NHS Optical Voucher. In fact, you can use your voucher towards glasses from our more expensive ranges and contact lenses. Once you’ve had your eye test, and the optician determines that you require assistance to correct your vision, you could be entitled to an NHS Optical Voucher. Around a third of the people in the UK are able to claim this entitlement.

You may be able to get an NHS Optical Voucher if you:

  • are under 16
  • are 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison

You may also get an NHS Optical Voucher if you:

  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • are named on a valid NHS Certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

Source: www.nhs.uk

If you are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may also get help towards the cost of your glasses. If you’re entitled to an NHS Optical Voucher, you can take it with your prescription to any opticians and use it towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses.

What is a GOS3 form?

The NHS Optical Voucher is also called a GOS3 form. It is issued after your eye test if the optician has found that your glasses need changing and you are entitled to help with glasses or contact lenses. You can bring a GOS3 form that was given to you by another optician and still receive the same amount of NHS support towards a pair of glasses or contact lenses as part of our NHS special offer or you can put it towards any of our other offers.

How much NHS contribution will you receive?

How much your voucher is worth depends on the strength of your prescription. The more complex or stronger the prescription, the more support you will receive to cover the extra cost of the lenses for these types of prescriptions.

How often can I have an NHS Optical Voucher?

Broadly speaking you are entitled to a new voucher every two years, if your prescription changes. If your prescription does not change and your glasses are still usable, then you will not be able to have a new voucher. However, if your glasses are no longer serviceable due to general wear and tear, then a new voucher can be issued. But this is at the judgement of your optician. Vouchers can also be issued more frequently than every two years. For example, in the case of a rapidly changing prescription that can happen in young children or in people recovering from cataract surgery or with diabetes.

Repair and replacement Optical Vouchers

Children under 16 are entitled to an NHS optical repair or replacement voucher. This voucher helps towards the cost of replacing or repairing your child’s glasses or contact lenses if they lose or damage them.

If you’re 16 or over, you’re only entitled to help with repair or replacement costs if you:

  • are eligible for an NHS Optical Voucher, and
  • have an illness that caused the loss or damage to your glasses or contact lenses

Before your optician can issue an NHS optical voucher to help with repair or replacement costs, your primary care trust must agree that the loss or damage was caused by illness.

Do you have special offers that I can use with my NHS Optical Voucher?

We have a number of great deals with an NHS voucher*. Including:

An NHS discount can also be used with all our offers. The voucher can also be used towards contact lenses as well. Ask in your local store for details.

You also may be eligible for a free NHS eye test. For more information on NHS entitlements, visit www.nhs.uk.

* NHS Optical Vouchers are not available in the Channel Islands.