What to bring to your eye test

Use the table in this section to identify what proof you need to bring in store to show you qualify for an NHS-funded eye test (and in some cases, an NHS optical voucher for glasses too).

Proof you qualify

You only need to show ONE of these items, relevant to your circumstances (unless stated otherwise) as proof you qualify for an NHS-funded eye test or an NHS optical voucher for glasses.

SeeClose items you require for proof

The GS01 form

When you come in store for your eye test, we will help you complete the NHS GOS1 form that determines if you qualify for an NHS-funded eye test. You will also be asked to show proof you qualify.

Reason you qualify:
Aged 0 - 15

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
Birth certificate

Reason you qualify:
Aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
Passport
Student card
Driving licence

Reason you qualify:
Aged 60 or over

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
National Insurance Number
Passport
Driving licence

Reason you qualify:
Registered as partially sighted or blind

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
Certificate of registration as partially sighted or blind

Reason you qualify:
Diagnosed with diabetes

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
Doctor's name and surgery address

Reason you qualify:
Diagnosed with glaucoma

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
Statement that you are a glaucoma sufferer

Reason you qualify:
Advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
Statement that you are at risk of developing a glaucoma

Reason you qualify:
Aged 40 or over and your mother,father, brother, sister, son ordaughter has been diagnosedwith glaucoma

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
National Insurance Number
Passport
Driving licence

Reason you qualify:
You are receiving benefits thatentitle you to NHS funding foreyecare

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test (and anNHS optical voucher for glasses)

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
An entitlement letter stating the benefits you receive

Reason you qualify:
Your partner is receiving benefitsthat entitle you to NHS fundingfor eyecare

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
Partners need to: be married or living together; have all of their partner's details; and be able to prove the benefit received

Reason you qualify:
You or your partner are receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
Award notice from the Pension Centre

Reason you qualify:
Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
A valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

Reason you qualify:
In need of complex lenses

What you qualify for:
An NHS-funded eye test (and an NHS optical voucher for glasses)

What you can show in store as proof you qualify:
No proof needed - the optician will decide during the eye test if complex lenses are required

NHS-funded eye examinations in Scotland and the Isle of Man

Scotland
The Scottish Government funds NHS eye examinations, free to all residents. If you are aged between 16 and 60 you can have an NHS-funded eye examination every two years, if required.

Certain people can have an NHS-funded eye examination once a year, if required, including if you are:

  • Under 16
  • Aged 60 or over
  • Diabetic or have ocular hypertension or glaucoma
  • Over 40 and have a mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter with glaucoma

If you have concerns about your vision or your eyes before your next NHS eye examination is due, speak to your optician as you may be able to have another NHS-funded eye examination. The guide to NHS-funded eye examinations in Scotland provides more information.

How often you can have an NHS-funded eye test?

If you qualify, you are entitled to have an NHS-funded eye test
every two years.

Your optician may recommend more frequent eye tests if you are:

  • Diabetic
  • Over 40 with a family history of glaucoma
  • Over 70
  • Under 16 and wear glasses
  • Experiencing particular vision problems

If you have concerns about your vision or eye health within two years of your last NHSfunded eye test, please visit your local Specsavers and we can tell you if you qualify for another eye test.

Isle of Man
In the Isle of Man, eye tests are free to anyone on the IOM NHS.

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Need further assistance?

If you still have questions about NHS-funded eye tests, please contact your local Specsavers and we’ll be happy to help.

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Make your NHS optical
voucher go further

 

One pair of free glasses –
you don’t pay a penny

Use your NHS optical voucher to get one free pair of glasses from the £25 or £45 ranges. If your voucher value is less than £45, we pay the difference.

Type of glasses:
Advanced styling and colour

Usual price:
£69

Top up price you pay if youreceive an NHS optical voucher:
£10

Type of glasses:
Flex-hinge framesStainless steel frames

Usual price:
£89

Top up price you pay if youreceive an NHS optical voucher:
£25

Type of glasses:
Designer frames Semi-rimless frames

Usual price:
£99

Top up price you pay if youreceive an NHS optical voucher:
£35

Type of glasses:
Designer frames Titanium frames

Usual price:
£125

Top up price you pay if youreceive an NHS optical voucher:
£45

Type of glasses:
Designer frames

Usual price:
£149

Top up price you pay if youreceive an NHS optical voucher:
£65

Type of glasses:
Rimless frames

Usual price:
£169

Top up price you pay if youreceive an NHS optical voucher:
£75

Type of glasses:
Fineform frames

Usual price:
£169

Top up price you pay if youreceive an NHS optical voucher:
£75

You want to take advantage of the '2 for 1 designer glasses from £99' offer and your NHS optical voucher is worth £39.10:

2 for 1 designer glasses from £99

NHS optical voucher

£39.10

You pay

£59.90

with your NHS optical voucher

You want to take advantage of the '2 for 1 designer glasses from £69' offer and your NHS optical voucher is worth £39.10:

2 for 1 designer glasses from £69

NHS optical voucher

£39.10

You pay

£29.90

with your NHS optical voucher

You want to take advantage of the 'Free anti-reflection treatment ' offer and your NHS optical voucher is worth £39.10:

Glasses from £69 + Free anti-reflection treatment

NHS optical voucher

£39.10

You pay

£29.90

with your NHS optical voucher