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Are eye tests free for over 60s?

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Once you reach the age of 60 you are entitled to a free eye examination through the NHS, usually every two years.

If you’re on certain qualifying benefits, you’ll get a voucher towards the cost of your glasses – your optician will be able to tell you this.

If not, you might still be eligible for help based on income by completing and sending off an HC1 form which you can get from any post office or your opticians. You should do this before arranging an eye test.

Some additional scans such as OCT scans which provide a much more in detailed picture of the eye and can track changes over time may incur an additional fee. As our Opticians about this additional service.

For details of who is eligible for free eye tests see here:


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