NHS Funded Eye Examinations

You might be eligible for an NHS-funded eye test here at Mincher-Lockett Opticians. The criteria:

  • Between 0–15 years of age
  • 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • Over the age of 60
  • Medical conditions: registered as partially sighted or blind; diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma; advised by an ophthalmologist that you're at risk of glaucoma; aged 40 or over and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • Income: receive income support (you or your partner); receive income-based (not contribution-based) Jobseeker's Allowance (you or your partner); receive income-based (not contribution-based) employment and Support Allowance (you or your partner); receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (you or your partner); entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate (you or your partner); on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) certificate (you or your partner)
  • Other: if you're eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher or a prisoner on leave from prison

Please note that the qualifying criteria may be subject to change and is at the discretion of the NHS. Speak to one of our friendly team members today to find out if you're eligible.

Eye Examinations at Mincher-Lockett Opticians

How Often Should I Have an Eye Test?

For the majority of people, we advise that an eye test should take place every 2 years. However, depending on the current condition of your optical health, an eye examination should possibly take place more often. For example, if you're thinking of introducing contact lenses, we advise a comprehensive aftercare plan that ensures that you're getting the most out of your visit.

How Long Does an Eye Test Take?

Each eye test is different and it depends on the patient. An eye test with a healthy individual that has no additional visual needs will take approximately between 20 and 30 minutes. Those who need additional measures to help with their sight will be with us in the practice for a little longer. Clinical tests may be necessary to gather more information about you, the health of your eyes and the extent of eye-care necessary.