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Free eye tests and how to get them

There are a number of ways to get your eye tests paid for, depending on your circumstances. Certain people are entitled to free eye tests through the NHS (See and

If you answer 'yes' to any of the following questions, you may be entitled to free eye tests.

For the rest of us, there are schemes such as Eyecare (a voucher scheme run by the Government for anyone who works with computers). It includes free eye tests and vouchers to help you pay towards the cost of glasses.

Did you know that, by law, your employer may have to help towards the cost of your eyecare?

In 2002, the Health and Safety Regulations changed. Now, your employer is responsible for taking care of your eye care. If you use a computer at work, your employer must pay for your eye test. If you need glasses only for when you are using the computer at work, they must also pay for your glasses.

However, 89% of British businesses are failing to keep to their legal responsibilities to protect their staff’s sight (see