NHS Eye Test
All residents of Scotland are entitled to a free NHS sight test. Book your eye exam at 20 20.
How often are eye health exams required?
- You can have a free eye health exam once every two years if you are between 16 and 59 years old
- You can have a free eye examination once a year if you:
- are under 16
- are 60 or over
- have ocular hypertension or diabetes
- have glaucoma, or
- are 40 or over and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has glaucoma
Home Eye Tests
We also offer home eye tests if you cannot leave your home unaccompanied due to physical or mental disability. If you are in our Edinburgh catchment area and are eligible, a 20 20 optometrist can visit your home to provide the examination. To find out more contact us.
Find out more about NHS eye exams at Optometry Scotland and NHS Scotland.
You may be entitled to NHS support towards the cost of your glasses if you:
- are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher
- 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
- are named on a valid NHS Certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)
- are named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3)
If you are entitled to an NHS optical voucher, you could receive a pair of frames up to the value of £35 free.
Use your NHS vouchers at your nearest 20 20 Opticians.