Providing your eye health support

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:

  • you’re under 16
  • you’re under 19 and in full-time education
  • you’re 60 or over
  • you’re registered as blind or partially sighted
  • you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • you’re 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • you’ve been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • you’re a prisoner on leave from prison
  • you’re eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement

You’re also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

  • receive Income Support
  • receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not Contribution-based)
  • are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

If you’re named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3), you may get some help towards the cost of your sight test.


NHS-funded eye tests

Although the NHS will fund a sight test for those who qualify, please note that the frequency of eye tests is restricted and will vary depending upon your age, eye sight condition and other health related aspects. We can verify this for each patient, in accordance with the NHS funding policy, if required.


NHS Enhanced services

Somerset has a reputation for being at the forefront of eye care and David Bull played a major part in developing a range of services which the local NHS has adopted. These developments have reduced unnecessary referrals to hospitals by over 70% and have brought enhanced eye care into high street practice.

Foremost among these schemes is ACES (Acute Community Eyecare Service) which provides free assessment of recently occurring medical conditions closer to home. David Bull Optometrists were one of the first practices in the country to provide such a service.

If you have experienced a recent problem with your eyes and to find out if this qualifies you for ACES examination, speak with us today, as we will be pleased to help.

For more information or to make an appointment contact us on Tel: 01278 785743, Email: or book an appointment online now.