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Are you eligible?

Find out today if you're entitled to a free NHS eye test

World Glaucoma Week
8-14 March 2020

This World Glaucoma Week, the International Glaucoma Association is asking: “Are you eligible?”
Millions of people in the UK are entitled to a free NHS sight test, and you might be eligible without knowing it.

In a recent survey of our members, over 65% of those surveyed told us they found out they had glaucoma via a free eye test at their local optician.*

Glaucoma is often symptomless and the only way to find out whether you have it is to have your eyes checked.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there are a number of reasons you might be entitled to a free sight test. For example, you're eligible if:

  • You're aged 60 or over
  • You've been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You're under 16, or under 19 an in full time education
  • You're 40 or over and have a close relative with glaucoma (your mother, father, sibling or child)
  • You are registered as partially sighted or blind

You might also be eligible for free eye tests if you or your partner receive certain benefits, such as Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, or Universal Credit, or if you’re under 20 and the dependent of someone receiving these benefits.

In Scotland and the Isle of Man, free eye tests are available to all.

So, are you eligible? To find out, you can use the new NHS eligibility checker tool. It's free, quick and easy: just answer a few questions.

Button - click here to find out if you're eligible

*65.35% of 350 respondents, survey carried out February 2020.

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