The NHS will pay for an eye exam if an individual is unable to attend their local opticians unaccompanied as a result of a physical or psychological problem.
The condition can be long term or short term, either way the examination is free. Costs of spectacles may vary depending upon individual circumstances.
NHS contributions to spectacles are subject to receiving certain benefits (arrangements can be made to see which benefits individuals over 60 are entitled to).
WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED
If you are eligible for an NHS funded sight test, you may obtain mobile services as follows:
- At home: if you are unable to leave home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability
- At a residential or care home; if you normally live there and you are unable to leave the home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or disability.
- At a day centre: if you would have difficulty in obtaining sight testing services from practice premises because of physical or mental illness or disability or because of difficulties in communicating your health needs unaided.
Patients can request services by: FREEPHONE 0800 047 0425. If you have seen a particular practitioner before you may be able to request to see them again.
Eyes On Call is contracted by NHS England to provide services in the areas controlled by the CCGs of Hounslow, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham. You can see the areas they cover from the CCG map below.