Where to get free eye tests

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Health & Beauty

Last updated: 11 February 2020, 10:13 GMT

Looking after your eyes in an important thing to do. With eye tests valid for two years, regular check ups are essential for both your eye health and an up-to-date prescription. Unfortunately eye tests usually cost anywhere from £10 upwards. Combine this with a new pair of glasses and your visit to the optician can turn out to be an expensive one!

Luckily there are ways to get free eye tests in the UK (if you live in Scotland eye tests are free for everyone). Here is our guide on where you can get them.

NHS funded eye test

Some people qualify for a free eye test funded by the NHS. This includes those who are under 16, or up to 19 in full-time education, and anyone over 60. It is also free for those with a certain medical condition (eg. diabetes, glaucoma) and if you are claiming certain benefits (eg. income support). Check on the NHS website if you qualify for a free eye test.

Specsavers – free eye test

Specsavers often have offers for a free eye test if you bring a voucher. In order to get a voucher you need to book your appointment online, you can do so here. You will receive a voucher code on your booking confirmation which you need to take to your appointment. Note that some stores are excluded from this offer.

Boots - £10 eye test or free if you buy a pair of glasses

Boots run an offer where you can get your eyes tested for £10. If you buy a pair of glasses after your test, you get the eye test for free. This is a great offer if you are certain you need a new pair of glasses and want to save on your test! You are of course not obligated to make a purchase at all, you then simply pay £10 for the eye test. 

Redeem the voucher here and bring to your appointment to use this deal. You can book an eye test by visiting your store, booking online or calling 0345 125 3752.

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Vision Express - £10 eye test with free retinal photography 

Vision Express are a major opticians on the high street. At Vision Express you can book an eye test for £10 and get free retinal photography. This is a good check for any underlying health conditions as well as your eye health. Use this store finder to find a shop near you, book an eye test online and bring the voucher that is sent with your confirmation email. You can show the voucher code on a mobile phone, tablet or print out. 

Testing your eyes regularly is important for your eye health, prescription and it can detect some underlying health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure. With all these free and cheap eye test offers available, why not get them checked?