How often do I need to have an eye test?

  • Children under 16 can have an NHS eye test once a year
  • 16-18 in full-time education
  • Adults 16 - 69 require an eye test every two years. If you pay privately your prescription is valid for two years but you can come each year if you prefer.
  • Adults over 70 were previously entitled to an NHS eye test each year, this has recently been changed to every 2 years. (Unless the optometrist has requested otherwise).
  • Diabetic and glaucoma patients are also now entitled to an NHS sight test every two years, instead of the previous annual check.
  • If you have are over 40 and have a family history of glaucoma in your immediate family, you are entitled to an NHS sight test once a year.
  • It goes without saying that if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms affecting your vision, or have been referred from your GP then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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