FREE EYE TEST @ Specsavers (Print Voucher)
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FREE EYE TEST @ Specsavers (Print Voucher)

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Refreshed 14th Mar (Posted 18th Feb)Edited by:"Janzbro"
free eye test just print out a a voucher and book

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For those that didn't know: Anyone working for an employer and uses a computer regularly as part of their role will get free eye test vouchers from their employer (and a further voucher towards the cost of glasses/contacts depending on their prescription). Just ask your boss or HR department.
Of course they want to sell glasses, otherwise why would they give you free stuff??

Why would you want a eye test if you aren't buying glasses anyway?? Just to check eyesight every 2 years? Then at least they will tell you if your eyesight has changed from your current glasses. It yes just go for a new pair if not just ignore the new prescription!

Sick of people complaining free stuff being not good enough!You are not that special to have all the goodies and they are not charity!
polarbaba1 h, 7 m ago

I've had one from them, the whole point is to have the eye test as a loss …I've had one from them, the whole point is to have the eye test as a loss leader, and make the money back from the glasses which they agressively sell.They didn't like to give me my prescription either, took 15 mins to convince them to provide it.So far I've had 2 "free" eye tests and both were at different big name opticians, and had a similar agressively hard sell at both.When paying for my own test then is was only a normal to hard sell, so it's not too much of a problem.


Did you expect walk into a big name optician, get your eye test done, then walk out straight out with your new prescription, without the need to pay and without a single sentence convincing you to get new glasses? Perhaps all smiling faces from all store staff?

Why on earth would a business do that!? What made you think you deserve that if may ask?
I've had one from them, the whole point is to have the eye test as a loss leader, and make the money back from the glasses which they agressively sell.

They didn't like to give me my prescription either, took 15 mins to convince them to provide it.

So far I've had 2 "free" eye tests and both were at different big name opticians, and had a similar agressively hard sell at both.
When paying for my own test then is was only a normal to hard sell, so it's not too much of a problem.
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Only available in some stores others charge £10
I've had one from them, the whole point is to have the eye test as a loss leader, and make the money back from the glasses which they agressively sell.

They didn't like to give me my prescription either, took 15 mins to convince them to provide it.

So far I've had 2 "free" eye tests and both were at different big name opticians, and had a similar agressively hard sell at both.
When paying for my own test then is was only a normal to hard sell, so it's not too much of a problem.
You have to by a complete pair of glasses for the free eye test.
BloodyTears8 m ago

You have to by a complete pair of glasses for the free eye test.


Where does it say that? Looks like the only restriction is that it's only available at participating stores.
BloodyTears13 m ago

You have to by a complete pair of glasses for the free eye test.


Can't be true. What about if following the test they conclude you don't need glasses. Did my last test at Spectsavers and I was told I do not need glasses.
Not available at my local branch.
For those that didn't know: Anyone working for an employer and uses a computer regularly as part of their role will get free eye test vouchers from their employer (and a further voucher towards the cost of glasses/contacts depending on their prescription). Just ask your boss or HR department.
martincroot40 m ago

For those that didn't know: Anyone working for an employer and uses a …For those that didn't know: Anyone working for an employer and uses a computer regularly as part of their role will get free eye test vouchers from their employer (and a further voucher towards the cost of glasses/contacts depending on their prescription). Just ask your boss or HR department.



Might be restrictions on where though. My office doesn't cover Specsavers.

I've been checking the Specsavers 'free eye test' page for a few months - stores seem to periodically get added/removed. Unfortunately not my local yet!
Of course they want to sell glasses, otherwise why would they give you free stuff??

Why would you want a eye test if you aren't buying glasses anyway?? Just to check eyesight every 2 years? Then at least they will tell you if your eyesight has changed from your current glasses. It yes just go for a new pair if not just ignore the new prescription!

Sick of people complaining free stuff being not good enough!You are not that special to have all the goodies and they are not charity!
yulu913 m ago

Of course they want to sell glasses, otherwise why would they give you …Of course they want to sell glasses, otherwise why would they give you free stuff??Why would you want a eye test if you aren't buying glasses anyway?? Just to check eyesight every 2 years? Then at least they will tell you if your eyesight has changed from your current glasses. It yes just go for a new pair if not just ignore the new prescription!Sick of people complaining free stuff being not good enough!You are not that special to have all the goodies and they are not charity!


People would get an eye test to check if they need glasses or their current prescription has changed. Glasses can then be bought online for a fraction of the price once the optician has provided the prescription.
martincroot46 m ago

For those that didn't know: Anyone working for an employer and uses a …For those that didn't know: Anyone working for an employer and uses a computer regularly as part of their role will get free eye test vouchers from their employer (and a further voucher towards the cost of glasses/contacts depending on their prescription). Just ask your boss or HR department.


At mine, glasses are only free if they're needed for VDU use only, but the free eye test is still useful.
polarbaba1 h, 7 m ago

I've had one from them, the whole point is to have the eye test as a loss …I've had one from them, the whole point is to have the eye test as a loss leader, and make the money back from the glasses which they agressively sell.They didn't like to give me my prescription either, took 15 mins to convince them to provide it.So far I've had 2 "free" eye tests and both were at different big name opticians, and had a similar agressively hard sell at both.When paying for my own test then is was only a normal to hard sell, so it's not too much of a problem.


Did you expect walk into a big name optician, get your eye test done, then walk out straight out with your new prescription, without the need to pay and without a single sentence convincing you to get new glasses? Perhaps all smiling faces from all store staff?

Why on earth would a business do that!? What made you think you deserve that if may ask?
Can I have the prescription after the test, if I do not buy a pair of glasses from them?
stevej19826 m ago

People would get an eye test to check if they need glasses or their …People would get an eye test to check if they need glasses or their current prescription has changed. Glasses can then be bought online for a fraction of the price once the optician has provided the prescription.


Oh okay you want to buy your cheap glasses online but wt the same time want the service from actual professional people giving you an eye test for free without trying to selling anything?
They are more expensive for a reason, you get a store where you could try frames on, you see actual people serving you in store in exchange not being starving to death, right?
yulu911 m ago

Oh okay you want to buy your cheap glasses online but wt the same time …Oh okay you want to buy your cheap glasses online but wt the same time want the service from actual professional people giving you an eye test for free without trying to selling anything? They are more expensive for a reason, you get a store where you could try frames on, you see actual people serving you in store in exchange not being starving to death, right?


I was only answering your question not picking an argument.
ysyer20025 m ago

Can I have the prescription after the test, if I do not buy a pair of …Can I have the prescription after the test, if I do not buy a pair of glasses from them?


Yes they are obliged to give you your prescription even if you don't buy (or need) glasses. I NEVER buy glasses from the high street. I just go in for my free test (I use either vision express or specsavers. But have been to boots in the past) then walk out with my prescription.
bones2313 m ago

Might be restrictions on where though. My office doesn't cover …Might be restrictions on where though. My office doesn't cover Specsavers.I've been checking the Specsavers 'free eye test' page for a few months - stores seem to periodically get added/removed. Unfortunately not my local yet!


I suppose it depends on which provider they use. We use Edenred which are accepted (according to their website) at 96% of opticians.
yulu918 m ago

Did you expect walk into a big name optician, get your eye test done, then …Did you expect walk into a big name optician, get your eye test done, then walk out straight out with your new prescription, without the need to pay and without a single sentence convincing you to get new glasses? Perhaps all smiling faces from all store staff?Why on earth would a business do that!? What made you think you deserve that if may ask?


It was a voucher for a free eye test( that they issued, where you fill in a form to apply and they will send you a voucher at their discretion), and yes I expected that they would offer glasses, as is normal. But had not expected attempted withholding of my prescription and and very hard sell, where I couldn't see an opportunity to leave even without my prescription without being extremely rude and physically pushing staff out of the way.

I'm not sure you understood what I had said from your tone, and there's no need for that.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 18th Feb
polarbaba1 h, 17 m ago

I've had one from them, the whole point is to have the eye test as a loss …I've had one from them, the whole point is to have the eye test as a loss leader, and make the money back from the glasses which they agressively sell.They didn't like to give me my prescription either, took 15 mins to convince them to provide it.So far I've had 2 "free" eye tests and both were at different big name opticians, and had a similar agressively hard sell at both.When paying for my own test then is was only a normal to hard sell, so it's not too much of a problem.


I miss Tesco opticians, I used them last time. Quick and basic eye test and check and gave my prescription with any fuss or pressure to buy their glasses. Then found nice cheap pair online. Before that I used Specsavers since I was a teenager, I never did like it in there, the optician was nice but the people out front were bit pushy and kept following me around trying to force glasses on me that I didn't like that much. The last time I went there I felt forced to settle for a style I didn't like as they had none to choose from without paying ridiculously high designer prices, which I won't do.
I haven't been able to get to read terms for this voucher as it doesn't like my postcode, even though my local store is on the list, so not sure if it says you must buy glasses from them or not, but the boots one says specifically it's a voucher for a free eye test when you buy any pair of glasses.
frizzyhead3 m ago

I miss Tesco opticians, I used them last time. Quick and basic eye test …I miss Tesco opticians, I used them last time. Quick and basic eye test and check and gave my prescription with any fuss or pressure to buy their glasses. Then found nice cheap pair online. Before that I used Specsavers since I was a teenager, I never did like it in there, the optician was nice but the people out front were bit pushy and kept following me around trying to force glasses on me that I didn't like that much. The last time I went there I felt forced to settle for a style I didn't like as they had none to choose from without paying ridiculously high designer prices, which I won't do. I haven't been able to get to read terms for this voucher as it doesn't like my postcode, even though my local store is on the list, so not sure if it says you must buy glasses from them or not, but the boots one says specifically it's a voucher for a free eye test when you buy any pair of glasses.


I used Asda opticians last year, and they were good, gave you the prescription up front, and offered glasses which were very reasonably priced, and could walk off if I wanted. We all got our glasses from there, instead of online, as we appreciated the quality service and excellent prices.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 18th Feb
yulu9112 m ago

Oh okay you want to buy your cheap glasses online but wt the same time …Oh okay you want to buy your cheap glasses online but wt the same time want the service from actual professional people giving you an eye test for free without trying to selling anything? They are more expensive for a reason, you get a store where you could try frames on, you see actual people serving you in store in exchange not being starving to death, right?


Try the frames on in store, find the ones you like, buy online, save £££s.

Or use Mister Spex where you can order up to 4 frames at a time to try on for free. Once you have found the ones you like shop around for the best price.

Wouldn't recommend this for people new to glasses though. But once you're used to buying glasses and know your pupillary distance, what kind of coatings you like on your lenses, having them thinned or not and all that stuff then online (like almost everything else in life) is the way forward.
martincroot15 m ago

Yes they are obliged to give you your prescription even if you don't buy …Yes they are obliged to give you your prescription even if you don't buy (or need) glasses. I NEVER buy glasses from the high street. I just go in for my free test (I use either vision express or specsavers. But have been to boots in the past) then walk out with my prescription. I suppose it depends on which provider they use. We use Edenred which are accepted (according to their website) at 96% of opticians.



Thanks. I booked a test on Thursday. Heat added.
martincroot4 m ago

Try the frames on in store, find the ones you like, buy online, save …Try the frames on in store, find the ones you like, buy online, save £££s.Or use Mister Spex where you can order up to 4 frames at a time to try on for free. Once you have found the ones you like shop around for the best price.Wouldn't recommend this for people new to glasses though. But once you're used to buying glasses and know your pupillary distance, what kind of coatings you like on your lenses, having them thinned or not and all that stuff then online (like almost everything else in life) is the way forward.


I would say go somewhere like Asda where the prices are really competitive with the online stores. Also kids get a spare set of glasses for free and all frames have scratch resistant and anti glare tints as standard so that already saves money , whereas the online stores charge extra. That's why it really doesn't work out that more expensive, especially when you consider that you can pop in for any repairs, or adjustments for free, and they will do a proper fitting when you get a pair of glasses to ensure its correct.
martincroot7 m ago

Try the frames on in store, find the ones you like, buy online, save …Try the frames on in store, find the ones you like, buy online, save £££s.Or use Mister Spex where you can order up to 4 frames at a time to try on for free. Once you have found the ones you like shop around for the best price.Wouldn't recommend this for people new to glasses though. But once you're used to buying glasses and know your pupillary distance, what kind of coatings you like on your lenses, having them thinned or not and all that stuff then online (like almost everything else in life) is the way forward.


Not everyone like the fuss of waiting a delivery at home (especially when it needs signature), try something you've never actually seen, then pack them up, sealing the package, attach a label, then go out (yes you still need to go out it's not really an all-at-home deal at the first place, most likely you need to drive out depends on the shipping service they use) to post it.
It's a pain even thinking about it.
polarbaba13 m ago

I used Asda opticians last year, and they were good, gave you the …I used Asda opticians last year, and they were good, gave you the prescription up front, and offered glasses which were very reasonably priced, and could walk off if I wanted. We all got our glasses from there, instead of online, as we appreciated the quality service and excellent prices.


Thanks, I'll look into it. Do you happen to know if there are any free or reduced eye tests vouchers around at the moment? I don't mind paying a bit for an eye test as long as I know I won't be pressured to buy something I don't like.
nice find
frizzyhead4 m ago

Thanks, I'll look into it. Do you happen to know if there are any free or …Thanks, I'll look into it. Do you happen to know if there are any free or reduced eye tests vouchers around at the moment? I don't mind paying a bit for an eye test as long as I know I won't be pressured to buy something I don't like.


Not personally. We always pay for them and in the case of Asda, very happily.
I had colleagues and friends recommend them, but I dismissed them, this includes other Asda opticians in other parts of the country.
polarbaba24 m ago

It was a voucher for a free eye test( that they issued, where you fill in …It was a voucher for a free eye test( that they issued, where you fill in a form to apply and they will send you a voucher at their discretion), and yes I expected that they would offer glasses, as is normal. But had not expected attempted withholding of my prescription and and very hard sell, where I couldn't see an opportunity to leave even without my prescription without being extremely rude and physically pushing staff out of the way.I'm not sure you understood what I had said from your tone, and there's no need for that.


Of course I understand you you simply want quality service for free! Yes it's a free eye test voucher but there's a reason for that ffs! You should expect not smiling faces and hard sell when you decide to use it because they aren't making money from you!

Answer me why do you think they should provide the quality service you want for free??

People in this country are expecting too much so called nice gestures or politeness where they should not be treated that good!
polarbaba8 m ago

Not personally. We always pay for them and in the case of Asda, very …Not personally. We always pay for them and in the case of Asda, very happily.I had colleagues and friends recommend them, but I dismissed them, this includes other Asda opticians in other parts of the country.


Just looked it up, I don't mind paying £19 and if like you said their cheap glasses are good if there's any I like I'll get some instead of online. Thanks
frizzyhead29 m ago

I miss Tesco opticians, I used them last time. Quick and basic eye test …I miss Tesco opticians, I used them last time. Quick and basic eye test and check and gave my prescription with any fuss or pressure to buy their glasses. Then found nice cheap pair online. Before that I used Specsavers since I was a teenager, I never did like it in there, the optician was nice but the people out front were bit pushy and kept following me around trying to force glasses on me that I didn't like that much. The last time I went there I felt forced to settle for a style I didn't like as they had none to choose from without paying ridiculously high designer prices, which I won't do. I haven't been able to get to read terms for this voucher as it doesn't like my postcode, even though my local store is on the list, so not sure if it says you must buy glasses from them or not, but the boots one says specifically it's a voucher for a free eye test when you buy any pair of glasses.


And look what happened to Tesco opticians.
Edited by: "Azzin" 18th Feb
yulu9120 m ago

Of course I understand you you simply want quality service for free! Yes …Of course I understand you you simply want quality service for free! Yes it's a free eye test voucher but there's a reason for that ffs! You should expect not smiling faces and hard sell when you decide to use it because they aren't making money from you! Answer me why do you think they should provide the quality service you want for free?? People in this country are expecting too much so called nice gestures or politeness where they should not be treated that good!


I don't think I should have to answer to you especially when you've already made you're mind up.
Also companies frequently have offers and loss leaders to promote thier business or specific products /services.

This whole website is based around this idea!..


Sounds like your new to all this... So now you know.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 18th Feb
yulu9139 m ago

Not everyone like the fuss of waiting a delivery at home (especially when …Not everyone like the fuss of waiting a delivery at home (especially when it needs signature), try something you've never actually seen, then pack them up, sealing the package, attach a label, then go out (yes you still need to go out it's not really an all-at-home deal at the first place, most likely you need to drive out depends on the shipping service they use) to post it. It's a pain even thinking about it.


Agree it could be perceived as a pain in the backside, although it's not really much of a chore, but it depends on your mindset. I personally relish the "challenge" of finding my perfect specs (or any purchase for that matter) for as little money as possible.

I'm not averse to leaving the house - it's got nothing to do with that at all - but I do love to save money. That's why I'm on HUKD in the first place!!

And it depends on what lengths you are prepared to go to to make what sort of savings. I wouldn't buy glasses online to save a tenner but my current pair I saved over £200 had I got them from Vision Express where I had my test.
martincroot3 h, 4 m ago

For those that didn't know: Anyone working for an employer and uses a …For those that didn't know: Anyone working for an employer and uses a computer regularly as part of their role will get free eye test vouchers from their employer (and a further voucher towards the cost of glasses/contacts depending on their prescription). Just ask your boss or HR department.


Mine does, used to be once a year, now is every other year.
For those who are covered by the employer, this test may be free for you, but not for your employer
sheffield7882 m ago

Mine does, used to be once a year, now is every other year.


Yeah they probably changed to every two years so they are in line with the recommended frequency for eye tests.
The store 8 miles away charges £10.. the "free" ones are 25+ miles away.. typical...
Last time I bought from Specsavers, the optician told me I’d had a “significant change” from my current glasses so I bought new ones. Ultimately and after a series of cock ups, the branch manager agreed a refund saying my old glasses would be fine as there was no difference in my prescription from the previous one. I’ll never darken their doors again.
Had 2 free eyes tests in Wigan store for myself and wife, no hard sell on both occasions, given prescription and allowed to look at frames with our without help, could of walked out if I wanted. I even changed my new frames after a few weeks, as I found them uncomfortable on the bridge of my nose, without any charge. There was no change for my wife on both visits (2years apart).
MacPhisto11 m ago

Had 2 free eyes tests in Wigan store for myself and wife, no hard sell on …Had 2 free eyes tests in Wigan store for myself and wife, no hard sell on both occasions, given prescription and allowed to look at frames with our without help, could of walked out if I wanted. I even changed my new frames after a few weeks, as I found them uncomfortable on the bridge of my nose, without any charge. There was no change for my wife on both visits (2years apart).


I had my experiences in a London store, and another in Birmingham.
BloodyTears13 h, 42 m ago

You have to by a complete pair of glasses for the free eye test.


my wife redeemed same offer, twice, with no commitment. she eventually bought nothing.
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