Free eye test at specsavers
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Free eye test at specsavers

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Found 9th Jul 2013
As per description, just print out the voucher and redeem at your nearest participating store.

Vaild until the 28th September

Tesco also offer free eye tests valid for spectacles only.
- fluidz

42 Comments

Eye tests are free with the NHS anyway. Cold.

Original Poster

I, for one did not know that. It also saves you waiting hours in an NHS waiting room to be seen

euanb

Eye tests are free with the NHS anyway. Cold.



does everyone qualify for NHS eye test? Is it means tested?

Original Poster

euanb

Eye tests are free with the NHS anyway. Cold.



There are also terms and condition of entitlement to have a free NHS eye test:

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:
you’re aged under 16
you’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
you’re aged 60 or over
you’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
you’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
you’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
you’re a prisoner on leave from prison
you're eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher - your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement
You’re also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:
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
on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate
NHS-funded mobile eye tests

Some people are entitled to an NHS-funded mobile sight test (also known as a domiciliary sight test), where the ophthalmic practitioner comes to visit you:
in your own home
at a residential or care home
at a day centre
If you qualify for a free NHS sight test, you may be entitled to mobile services:
at home: if you’re unable to leave home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
at a residential or care home: if you normally live there and you’re unable to leave the home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
at a day centre: if you would have difficulty getting a sight test from an optometrist at their practice because of physical or mental illness or disability, or because you have difficulty communicating your health needs without help
Proving your entitlement to a free NHS eye test

When you go for your sight test, tell your ophthalmic practitioner that you’re entitled to a free NHS sight test. They will give you a form called GOS1 to fill in and sign.
You’ll be asked to show proof that you’re entitled to a free NHS sight test. For more information, see the NHS leaflet Help with health costs (PDF, 287.10kb). This leaflet explains which documents you will need to prove that you’re entitled to a free NHS eye test.
What if I’m not entitled to a free NHS eye test?

If you don’t qualify for a free NHS sight test, you will have to pay for a private sight test.
The cost of private sight tests varies, so it’s advisable to shop around.
Read the answers to more questions about NHS services and treatments.

thanks. was just going to book one. ain't been for 9 years

I get my eyes tested with Spec Savers every 12 months but I don't always buy specs from them. I usually say I'll pop back later to choose some specs (when I have more time) and I take the new prescription with me.
Spec Savers automatically do FREE retinal digital photography for over 40 year olds as part of the eye test (painlessly photographs the back of the eye) which can detect early signs of Age Related Macula Degeneration.
My Dad went blind with this condition when he was 70. Early detection might have saved his sight. So I get my eyes fully tested every 12 months. As far as I'm concerned this deal is HOT !!!

thanks OP - been looking for one of these for ages

Free eye test under NHS is available to everyone.. Hot from me.

ThisIsWhyImHot

Free eye test under NHS is available to everyone.. Hot from me.



There is no such thing as a "Free" eye test. The NHS fund us practitioners for those that fall within any of the categories listed in the above post. So the fact Specsavers are promoting sight tests that are free of charge is a win win situation. They are hoping that you will buy glasses from them as that is what makes the profit. Take your prescription, which they have to give you by law and take elsewhere if you so wish to. To be fair though they do have some decent glasses at decent prices so the choice is yours really.

to be honest my little optician i use waivers the eye test fee if i buy new lenses off them-all opticians should do it in my opinion
i go every 12 months (even thou they say 24 months) usually if i need new lenses i'll get fresh ones in my existing glasses (for spares) and then order a new pair online
i even take the online frames in and ask them to check the prescription whats been fitted and their happy to do it for free

can you get an app to automatically adjust your monitor to your eyes prescription settings?

Thanks, just in time since my test over 5 years old.

thanks

My OH went to specsavers a few years ago and they decided she had some weird eye condition, which she didn't, so I personally wouldn't trust their eye examinations free or otherwise.

^Mutly. Depends where you are. Eye test are free in Scotland for all. I suspect this might explain Euan's and Steven's comments.

great, there hasn't been a voucher for a free eye test for ages. Will get booked in for one. Thanks OP.

heat added , just had a reminder from boots that i'm due an eye test so will be off to specsavers

Cheers to op

Thanks OP.

Spec savers are okay, I went for the first time recently and for some reason they completely got my prescription wrong, it was weaker than my last one (from a different optician). However their recheck service was great at putting it right.

Although the first people who take the 'preliminary eye tests' aren't very well trained, I'd explained countless times that due to scarring and an astigmatism nothing will get a good 'picture' or result from one of my eyes, and ignoring this one of the staff cried "We think you have cataracts!" which if I did would have instantly scared the life out of me with no professional optician to instantly give me advice or confirmation, or explain I'd of had to wait five/ten minutes worrying.

My local branch in Stoke on Trent Hanley says there is a charge of £10 and they will not entertain any such FREE vouchers :(.

Still voted HOT though for anyone who can get it.....

Thanks I will give it a go at my Specsavers.

Was just planning to go there tomorrow and pay for one - Cheers OP!!!

MockYourDeal

My local branch in Stoke on Trent Hanley says there is a charge of £10 … My local branch in Stoke on Trent Hanley says there is a charge of £10 and they will not entertain any such FREE vouchers



To be fair, that image does look shonky and as photoshopped as hell even before you print it. And I just had to open the SS link in Internet Explorer instead of Chrome so I could print it at 55% of normal size in order to fit it all on one page!

It's a bit like my local post office refusing to take a printout of my online car insurance policy as evidence for taxing it when they first started emailing you the docs instead of posting, because it "looked fake" (still better quality from an inkjet than a fax, mind...)

Tried a few others and eventually someone saw sense and accepted it. There's a coupla three Specsavers round my way, think it's worth a go as my slightly naff Tesco prescription shades bit the wax tadpole a few weeks back...


Edited by: "mpenrice" 10th Jul 2013

Went to Specsavers today, the voucher worked like a charm and they accepted it no problem..thanks OP!

mod_mart

My OH went to specsavers a few years ago and they decided she had some … My OH went to specsavers a few years ago and they decided she had some weird eye condition, which she didn't, so I personally wouldn't trust their eye examinations free or otherwise.



I couldn't agree more. If you want a rushed and far from accurate eye test then go to specsavers, if not I'd pop into your local independent opticians. It might cost you more, but you're more likely get a more accurate prescription and they tend to pick up on any problems you have rather than just try to flog you a pair of glasses, oh, and a 'free' pair of sunglasses with them!

stephen2k5

There are also terms and condition of entitlement to have a free NHS eye … There are also terms and condition of entitlement to have a free NHS eye test:You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:you’re aged under 16you’re aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time educationyou’re aged 60 or overyou’re registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucomayou’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucomayou’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucomayou’re a prisoner on leave from prisonyou're eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher - your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlementYou’re also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:receive Income Supportreceive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)receive Pension Credit Guarantee Creditreceive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificateon a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificateNHS-funded mobile eye testsSome people are entitled to an NHS-funded mobile sight test (also known as a domiciliary sight test), where the ophthalmic practitioner comes to visit you:in your own homeat a residential or care homeat a day centreIf you qualify for a free NHS sight test, you may be entitled to mobile services:at home: if you’re unable to leave home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disabilityat a residential or care home: if you normally live there and you’re unable to leave the home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disabilityat a day centre: if you would have difficulty getting a sight test from an optometrist at their practice because of physical or mental illness or disability, or because you have difficulty communicating your health needs without helpProving your entitlement to a free NHS eye testWhen you go for your sight test, tell your ophthalmic practitioner that you’re entitled to a free NHS sight test. They will give you a form called GOS1 to fill in and sign.You’ll be asked to show proof that you’re entitled to a free NHS sight test. For more information, see the NHS leaflet Help with health costs (PDF, 287.10kb). This leaflet explains which documents you will need to prove that you’re entitled to a free NHS eye test.What if I’m not entitled to a free NHS eye test?If you don’t qualify for a free NHS sight test, you will have to pay for a private sight test.The cost of private sight tests varies, so it’s advisable to shop around.Read the answers to more questions about NHS services and treatments.



Those who don't qualify for an NHS free eye test will find this deal useful; I'm a 22 year old full time student and I know my eyes are deteriorating through use of computers, reading etc and my last eye test was 2010 and now cannot afford an eye test and new glasses as when I last went, it cost me around £140, may not seem much to some, but that on a student loan is so much!! So hot from me, hoping to take advantage of this since eye tests with Specsavers are around £35-£40!

Specsavers are franchised, so a store 2 miles from another store has no connection to it (weird, I know) so the quality of service does vary dramatically. Don't be put off if your local store is crap (mine is) as there is another one which should be better not too far away...

abcdefghijord

Those who don't qualify for an NHS free eye test will find this deal … Those who don't qualify for an NHS free eye test will find this deal useful; I'm a 22 year old full time student and I know my eyes are deteriorating through use of computers, reading etc and my last eye test was 2010 and now cannot afford an eye test and new glasses as when I last went, it cost me around £140, may not seem much to some, but that on a student loan is so much!! So hot from me, hoping to take advantage of this since eye tests with Specsavers are around £35-£40!



You may be able to get help with your prescription costs by filling in one of these: nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Hea…spx. Look at page 6-7 of this to see if you qualify.

went to my first ever eye test. luckily passed with flying colours. Thanks to OP for the deal.

stevenage branch

Thanks just got letter today saying I haven't been in 2 years so offered me a test for £7.50. Free miles better

mod_mart

You may be able to get help with your prescription costs by filling in … You may be able to get help with your prescription costs by filling in one of these: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/HealthCosts/1128.aspx. Look at page 6-7 of this to see if you qualify.



Ah great! Thanks, will see if I'm eligible!

specsavers screwed my prescription up so bad i had to go back to the hospital and do exercises for my eyes like i did when i was 10!! awful company

Used my voucher this morning at Specsavers in Burnley. A very thorough eyesight test with no pressure to buy any specs whatsoever. I thanked them and left with the prescription card.
I may go back at some future date to buy some .

Do they conduct the test while you wait?

Usually you have to make an appointment but sometimes they will test you there and then if they have an optician free.

euanb

Eye tests are free with the NHS anyway. Cold.

Only free if you leech benifits!

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Tesco opticians are always free for eye tests.

Stu C

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Tesco opticians are always … Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Tesco opticians are always free for eye tests.



Yup, Tesco are pretty good for Opticians actually, they've got a great range of frames!

keya

specsavers screwed my prescription up so bad i had to go back to the … specsavers screwed my prescription up so bad i had to go back to the hospital and do exercises for my eyes like i did when i was 10!! awful company



What exercises are these?

I swear I had the same thing, my eyes have been screwed ever since they gave me some super telescopic lens glasses.
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