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Glasses / Contact lenses

You should contact your local optician directly to establish when you'd be entitled to receive help towards the cost of your glasses or contact lenses. It depends on a number of factors, such as whether your optical prescription has changed and when was the last time you had help towards these costs.

NHS-funded sight test

You can get help towards one NHS-funded sight test every 2 years. However, if you're:
  • Diabetic
  • 60 years and older
  • 40 years and over with a family history of glaucoma, ocular hypertension and not in a monitoring scheme
You can get help towards the cost of an NHS-funded sight test once every 12 months.

Additionally, your optician can authorise an NHS-funded sight test more than once every 2 years if they deem it clinically necessary. Please discuss this directly with your optician.

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