How to book an eye test

There are two main ways in which you can have your eyes examined. If you are mobile and are able to visit your local high street, there will normally be a choice of Opticians (or Optometrists as they are known) who will be able to offer you an appointment. Alternatively, if you are housebound or because of an illness or disability, you find it hard to get out to the high street on your own, you will be able to use a domiciliary Optician’s service who will come and offer you the same service in the comfort of your own home. 

Everyone aged 60 or over in England and Wales and everyone in Scotland, is entitled to a free eyesight test through the NHS, even if that means you need an NHS home visit. The Optician will provide a form for you to sign on the day of your examination and will also request some form of evidence from you to confirm your eligibility and complete the paperwork.

If you are under 60 and live in England and Wales, you will normally have to pay for an examination although there are some exceptions based on levels of income. Your Optician will be able to advise you on this or call us anytime.

Any conditions that may need further investigation that may be found during your examination, will be discussed with you and then with your consent, referred on to a suitable specialist at your local hospital, normally via your GP.

For help and advice call our patient services advisors on freephone 0800 854477