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If you are entitled to receive help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses, this help is provided in the form of an optical voucher which can be deducted from the total cost of the glasses or contact lenses you require. The value of this voucher depends on the type and strength of lens you need and will be calculated by your optician following your sight test.

Your voucher value is the maximum amount of help that you can receive towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses. If you are entitled to full help with your health costs, you are entitled to the full value of the voucher, not necessarily to the full cost of your glasses or lenses. Therefore if the voucher value is less than the overall cost of your glasses or lenses, you will need to pay the difference regardless of your entitlement.
 
For example, if your glasses cost £60 and your voucher value is £50, you will need to pay £10 difference between the voucher value and cost of glasses.
 
If you hold an HC3 certificate for partial help towards health costs, the contribution amount stated on your certificate is the amount you must pay towards the voucher only. If the voucher value is less than the overall cost, you will also need to pay the difference.
 
For example, if your glasses cost £60, your voucher value is £50 and you have an HC3 contribution figure of £30. You will need to pay the first £30 towards the voucher, plus the additional £10 difference between the voucher value and cost of glasses.
 
If you are prescribed bifocals or varifocals, one optical voucher will apply, however two vouchers may be applicable if you require separate pairs of glasses for short and long distance. If you hold a HC3 certificate, your contribution figure would be deducted from the combined total of both vouchers in this situation.
 
For more information on your entitlement to help towards the cost of your glasses or lenses you should speak to your optician and show them proof of your exemption. 



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