FREE NHS eye test


You are entitled to a free NHS eye test at Boots Opticians if you:
  • are aged under 16
  • are aged 16, 17, or 18 and are in full-time education
  • are aged 60 or over
  • are registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
  • have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • are aged 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son, or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • have been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher - your optometrist can advise you about your entitlement
  • 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)
  • receive Universal Credit
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
  • are on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate
At your Boots Opticians appointment, a colleague will go through the relevant NHS forms with you and fill them in, so you can begin having free eye tests. Please bring with you official documentation certifying your proof of entitlement if you:
  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Universal 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 on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate
If you're under 16, or over 70 years of age, you're entitled to a free eye test every year. If you're 16 to 69, you can get a free NHS eye test every two years. Also, if there are any changes to your prescription or health, you may be entitled to more regular eye tests as recommended by your optician. Find out more here.