In England, you qualify for an NHS sight test if you:

  • Are aged 60 or over
  • Are registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Have diabetes
  • Have glaucoma or been told by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma or
  • Are 40 or over and have a parent, brother, sister, son or daughter who has been diagnosed with glaucoma

You are entitled to an NHS sight test, and may also get a voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses, if you:

  • Are under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • Have been prescribed complex lenses and are eligible for a ‘complex lens voucher’ (your optometrist can tell you more about this)
  • Are on, or your partner is on, Income Support, income-based Employment and Support Allowance or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Receive, or your partner receives, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Are, or your partner is, awarded Universal Credit and meet the criteria on earnings limit
  • Are a prisoner on leave from prison
  • Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate or
  • are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2) (if you are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may also get help.)

Proving you are entitled to an NHS sight test

When you go for your sight test, tell your optometrist that you’re entitled to an NHS sight test. They will give you a GOS1 form to fill in and sign.

You may be asked to show proof that you’re entitled to an NHS sight test.

Click here to find out your entitlement.