Who qualifies for a free eyetest?

  • You’re aged under 16
  • You’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
  • You’re aged 60 or over
  • You’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
  • You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • You’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • You’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • You’re on certain benefits (Income Support, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Tax Credit, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance)
  • If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help with the cost of sight tests, glasses and contact lenses through the NHS Low income Scheme.

* Additionally, you are eligible for a free eye health examination if:

  • You have an eye problem that needs urgent attention
  • You have sight in one eye only
  • You’re registered as sight impaired
  • You have a hearing impairment and are profoundly deaf
  • You suffer from retinitis pigmentosa.
  • You are of Black or Asian ethnicity
  • Your GP has referred you because they think you may have an eye problem

*Changes in NHS regulations since 2001 mean that we may require evidence of NHS eligibility, so, in order that we are able to offer you a quick and efficient service, please bring along your NHS card or benefits booklet as evidence of entitlement. You are entitled to an NHS Sight Test at intervals specified and limited by the NHS (usually, but not always, 2 years). An eye examination within that interval may incur a charge. Please ask for details.


Who Qualifies for NHS Vouchers? (help towards the cost of spectacles or contact lenses):

  • Children under 16
  • Full time students under 19
  • Those receiving Income based benefits, i.e. Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  • Those holding Form HC2/3
  • Complex lenses (partial help)
  • Persons not in the above list but on low income may still get help.

Please ask for Form HC1 in advance of your appointment.


Emergencies or when you’re worried about changes in your sight

If you have any concerns at all about your eyes come and see us at Radyr Eyecare straight away. If our optometrist decides you need an eye health examination, it won’t cost you anything.  Some eye diseases can lead to blindness or some loss of vision, but if detected early enough, your eyesight can often be saved.


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