NHS Optical Voucher Scheme

FG Contacts Feel Good Team
Monday, 05 July 2021 Share this blog: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy link Copy Link

The NHS optical voucher scheme gives people who need help with health costs (and who meet the criteria) vouchers to pay towards their optical glasses or contact lenses.

Who is entitled to NHS voucher?

To qualify for the NHS optical voucher, you must be one of the following:

  • Under the age of 16
  • 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • On income support
  • Using Universal Credit
  • On income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • In possession of a valid HC2 certificate

For a full list of qualifying criteria, check the NHS website.

There are 10 different optical vouchers, all with different monetary values, these range from £39.10 to £215.50. The value of the voucher you receive will vary depending on the type of lenses you need and the strength of your prescription. The higher your prescription is, the higher the value of the voucher. If the glasses you need cost more than the value of the voucher, you will have to pay the difference.

Complex lens vouchers

If your prescription is -10/+10 dioptres or more, you could be eligible for complex lens vouchers on the NHS. If your prescription falls within these parameters and you aren’t eligible for the standard optical voucher, then you could be eligible for the complex lens vouchers.

How do I get an NHS optical voucher?

After your eye test, you should receive a yellow GOS3 optical voucher that contains your prescription. This voucher can be used at any establishment that accepts NHS vouchers; you do not have to use your voucher at the optician where your sight test took place.

Remember that you may also be eligible for an NHS eye test for free if you have conditions such as diabetes or glaucoma. For more information and the full criteria, check out our article on how to get a free NHS sight test.

Where can I claim the NHS voucher?

Once you receive your NHS optical voucher, you can use it at any retailer that accepts NHS vouchers. You will usually be asked to show evidence that you are entitled to the voucher.

Feel Good Contacts are so competitively priced that you are sure to get the best price with us. If you’ve paid for your glasses or contact lenses already and have realised that you qualify for an NHS voucher towards the costs, you can still get a refund by completing an HC5 claim form for optical charges form, as long as you have the receipt.

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