Some patients are entitled to an optical voucher from the NHS which can be used to help towards the cost of Spectacles or Contact Lenses. There are currently eight voucher values ranging from £38.30 to £211.30 depending on the strength of your prescription. The stronger your prescription the higher your voucher value.

You may get help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses if you:

  • are aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (your optician will advise you on your entitlement)

You may also get an NHS optical voucher if:

  • You receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not contribution-based)
  • You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  • You receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.
  • You are awarded Universal Credit
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
  • You are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2). People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

When you are issued with an optical voucher you will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to the optician or a member of their staff. If the cost of your Spectacles or Contact Lenses exceeds the voucher value then you will have to pay the difference.