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EYE EXAMINATION

NHS & ENTITLEMENT

Since April 2006, everyone in Scotland is entitled to a free NHS eye examination. For most people this will be carried out every two years, but there are many groups who may be seen more frequently. If you are in any doubt, please contact us and we will advise you how often you should be seen.

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HERES A GUIDE TO HOW IT ALL WORKS​

under 16

 Maybe once a year, but could be less if advised by optician. 

16 to 60

Every 2 years.

Over 60

Every year

Patients with Diabetes

(if over 40)

Every year.

Glaucoma & family history of Glaucoma

Every 2 years.

HELP WITH THE COST OF SPECTACLES

There is still a facility to provide help with spectacles under the NHS. This comes in the form of a voucher, the value of which depends on your prescription. This voucher can be used towards the cost of spectacles or contact lenses. Not all opticians provide free spectacles in exchange for this voucher and, indeed, there is no obligation for them to do so.

However, at LOOK OPTICIANS, we still provide the option of free spectacles for patients who qualify for a voucher. Don’t forget, you can trade up and get a nicer frame but still get your lenses free. Our staff will be able to give you advice on your entitlement and, in certain cases, can phone to find out what benefit you are in receipt of.

HERES A GUIDE TO HOW IT ALL WORKS​

under 16

Qualify for a voucher whenever there is a change in prescription. Can also get repair voucher in the event of loss or damage to specs.

Full-time student aged 16, 17 or 18

Qualify for a voucher whenever there is a change in prescription or every two years.

In receipt of Income support, Income based jobseeker’s allowance, NHS tax credit exemption, Guaranteed pension credit

Qualify for a voucher whenever there is a change in prescription or every two years.

Not covered by any of the above

Can claim using form HC1. May get full help or partial help once form approved (HC2 or HC3).

UNIVERSAL CREDIT (subject to earnings threshold)

For further advice on entitlements, please call the Practice and we will do our best to assist you.