Adult and Childrens Opticians
Cardiff Est. 1989

02920 228 144

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Free Eye Examinations

Many people are entitled to free (NHS funded) sight tests

In Wales you can have a free NHS sight test if you are:

  • Under 16 years old
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • Age 60 or over
  • Aged 40 or over and have a close relative (parent, sibling or child) with glaucoma
  • Have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • Require complex lenses
  • A prisoner on leave from prison
  • Claiming benefit (i.e. Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit). If you are receiving Tax Credits you may also be entitled to help on the NHS.
  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate

To apply for a HC2 or HC3 certificate complete a HC1 form available from a Job Centre Plus office, NHS hospital or by phoning the NHS health cost advice line on 0345 850 1166.

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Free Eye Health Examinations exclusive to Wales

Anyone (adult or child) with an acute eye problem can now visit an optometrist FREE under the National Health Service for examination, diagnosis and treatment, where required. In Optometric practice we have the time and equipment required to fully explore your symptoms and thoroughly examine your eyes. Should a visit to the Hospital Eye Clinic be necessary we can arrange that for you.

Examples of an acute eye problem are:

  • A red eye
  • A painful eye
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Flashes and floaters

You can also have a free Eye Health Examination if you:

  • Have been referred by your GP because they think you may have an eye problem
  • Have sight in one eye only, i.e. you are effectively blind in your worse eye
  • Have a hearing impairment and are profoundly deaf
  • Suffer from retinitis pigmentosa
  • Have Black or Asian ethnicity (greater risk of eye disease that can result in avoidable sight loss)


Do you have an acute eye problem?

Anyone with an acute eye problem is entitled to free treatment under the National Health Service.