For the elderly or those with mobility problems attending a local optometrist is not always easy.
Carers may be hard to find during business hours, and access can be difficult too. But this group of people absolutely needs regular eye care. Two visits are usually needed – one to carry out an eye test, and another to fit and deliver the patient’s spectacles.
You are entitled to a free NHS sight test at home if you are:
Unable to leave home unaccompanied or require a home visit on account of physical or mental limitations.
Fall into one of the categories for a free NHS sight test listed below:
- Aged 60 or over
- Under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
- Registered blind or partially sighted
- Diagnosed as having diabetes or glaucoma
- 40 or over with a direct relative with glaucoma, or
you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that
you are at risk of glaucoma
- Prescribed a complex lens
You (or your partner) are receiving the following benefits or credits:
- Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers
Allowance (not contribution-based)
- Working Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit
NHS Exemption Certificate
- Child Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS
- You are named on an NHS certificate for full or partial
help with health costs (HC2/3)
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit