Who needs a test?
When should I have a sight test?
Most people should have a sight test (often also referred to as an eye test or eye examination) at the very least every two years.
Your optometrist or ophthalmic medical practitioner will advise you if it necessary to have a sight test more frequently than this.
Why should I have a sight test?
A sight test will determine whether you need glasses to see better and if you already wear glasses whether a change in prescription would be of benefit.
Equally importantly your optometrist will check the health of your eyes. Eye health problems will often be found before the patient is aware of any symptoms.
Enjoy clear vision and healthy eyes with regular eye examinations
How much does a sight test cost?
Private tests are currently £25
- you’re aged under 16
- you’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
- you’re aged 60 or over
- you’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
- you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
- you’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
- you’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
- you’re a prisoner on leave from prison
- you're eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher - your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement
- receive Income Support
- receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)
- receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
- are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate