Am I entitled to a free eye examination?

Everyone in Scotland is entitled to a free NHS eye examination once every 2 years if you are between 16 and 69 years old.

You will be entitled to a free eye examination once a year if you are:

  • under 16 years
  • are age 70 or over
  • have diabetes
  • have glaucoma
  • are 40 or over and are your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has glaucoma

Am I entitled to help with the cost of glasses?

If you are in one of the categories listed below then you will also be eligible for help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses:

  • under 16 years
  • age 16-18 years in full time education
  • have a current HC2 certificate

Included in the award of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • A Valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate

You may also be entitled to partial help with a current HC3 certificate depending on the amounts specified on it.

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