You are entitled to an Optical Voucher under the NHS if you fall into one of the categories listed below:
  • Under 16 years of age
  • Under 19 years and in full-time education
  • Over 60 years
  • If you receive one of the following benefits:
    • Income Support or Family Credit
    • Tax Credits and you or your partner meet the qualifying conditions
    • Pension Credit guarantee credit
    • Disability working allowance up to a certain amount
    • Income based job-seekers allowance
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you suffer from glaucoma
  • If you are over 40 and have a brother/sister/parent/child with glaucoma or are diagnosed at risk of developing glaucoma
  • If you require complex lenses which is a spectacle prescription of over 10 Dioptres.
  • The blind and partially sighted
  • If you are named on a valid HC2 certificate

The government now require you to bring proof of entitlement when you attend, please bring proof with you. We are happy to advise you on what paperwork to bring.

You may also be exempt if you are on a low income, but will have to apply to the health service using a form HC1, which we are happy to supply you with.

For more information on help with Health costs you can phone the Health Benefits Division advice line on 0845 850 1166