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Date: 11 May 2021
Opticians carry out eye tests to check the quality of your sight. They look for signs of eye disease which may need treatment from a doctor or eye surgeon and prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses.
Ophthalmic medical practitioners are medical doctors trained to carry out eye examinations and prescribe glasses.
Dispensing opticians fit glasses and contact lenses, but do not test eyes. They can give you advice on types of lens, such as single-vision or bifocal, and help you to choose frames.
You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if you are:
You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:
People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) might also get help. If you have a valid HC3 Certificate, show it to the optician and ask if you are entitled to any help with the cost.
Follow this link to find your nearest optician.