Who is entitled to a free eye test?

How to get a free eye test

In the world of expensive shoes and designer handbags, you’ve just got to love the free things in life. Whether it’s free entry into a museum or a free tasty food sample, you simply cannot say no to these things. Speaking of such pleasures, did you know that an eye test can be free as well? However, before you book that examination, make sure that you are familiar with the criteria that you have to meet to be eligible for a free eye test: 

Who qualifies for a free eye test? 

In line with NHS guidelines, you are entitled to a free sight test if you are: 

  • Under 16 
  • 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education 
  • 60 or over 
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind 
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma 
  • 40 or over or your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma 
  • Advised by an eye doctor that you’re at risk of glaucoma 
  • Prisoner on leave from prison 
  • Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher 

Do I get free eye tests if I’m receiving benefits? 

You are also eligible for a free eye test if you, or your partner, receive the likes of: 

I’m not eligible for a free eye test, what are my options? 

Even if you do not meet the criteria of eligibility, there are still further ways to get that eye free test. Firstly, it’s handy to know that any optometrist in Scotland who provides NHS services can perform a free NHS eye test to any UK resident. It’s also worth doing a quick search online for free eye tests near you.Throughout the year, a lot of large chain opticians have special offers that give people the opportunity to get a free or discounted eye test. Just simply keep a lookout for any deals! 

How much does an eye test usually cost? 

Thankfully, when it comes down to it, paying for an eye test won’t break the bank. In the UK, the average cost of an eye examination is typically £20-£25. However, the exact price will vary depending on your location and whether you’re seeking services from an independent organisation or a branch of a national chain. 

In the age of TV screens and computers, it’s so important to have regular eye tests as they can reveal a range of conditions. When the time comes, just remember that getting an eye test may not be as daunting as it may seem. In fact, such an examination is really simple and there isn’t even much that you have to do to prepare. 

Arlo Wolf’s try before you buy glasses 

Now, after that eye test, you may find that you do need glasses. At Arlo Wolf, we sell a range of men’s and women’s prescription glasses. From the retro Harrison to the elegant Aubrey, our frames come in a variety of styles to suit every face shape. Check them out! 

To make sure you find that perfect pair for yourself the first time round, why not use our exclusive try before you buy service? Simply choose 4 glasses of your preference and we’ll send them straight to your door for you to try on for style. Once you’ve picked your top pair of frames, simply send them back and we’ll fit them with your new prescription lenses – we even have Digital Media Lenses to protect your eyes from blue light!