C Murray Opticians

NHS Examinations

Why are regular eye examinations so valuable?

Regular eye tests are important because your eyes don’t usually hurt when something is wrong. An eye examination is a vital health check for your eyes that can pick up early signs of eye conditions before you are aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough.

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What your eye examination will show

Carmel says “an eye examination will show if you need to get glasses for the first time or whether you need to change your current glasses. An eye examination will also include a general health check that can pick up early signs of eye disease before you are aware of any symptoms”. Some health conditions can affect the eyes such as:

Many people qualify for an NHS eye examination completely free of charge as shown in the table below. At C Murray Optician, Belfast BT15, we strongly recommend that you use this service. After all, peace of mind is quite simply, priceless!

Exemption Categories
Sight Test
Glasses / Contact Lenses

Age Grounds

Under 16

Free

Voucher Allowance

Age 16-17

Free (if in FTE)*

Voucher Allowance (if in FTE)*

Age 18

Free (if in FTE)*

Voucher Allowance (if in FTE)*

Age 19-59

Charge Applicable

Charge Applicable

Age 60+

Free

Charge Applicable

Benefits

You or your partner receive Income Support, Income-based ESA or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

Free

Voucher Allowance

You or your partner receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

Free

Voucher Allowance

You are named on a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate

Free

Voucher Allowance

You are named on a valid HC2 certificate

Free

Voucher Allowance

You are named on a valid HC3 certificate

Charge applicable**

Charge applicable**

Others

Pregnant or nursing mothers (baby born within the previous 12 months)

Charge applicable

Diabetes Mellitus (except where treatment is by diet alone)

Free

Charge applicable

Registered blind or partially sighted

Free

Charge applicable

Diagnosed glaucoma patient

Free

Charge applicable

40 years or over and at risk of glaucoma

Free

Charge applicable

You hold an Exemption certificate issued by the War/MoD Pensions Agency

Charge applicable***

Charge applicable***


Special Notes

*FTE+ Full time education. In order to qualify under full time education you must be under 19 years of age and undertaking a full time course. This also applies to home schooling.

** A charge may be applicable depending on your circumstances.

*** A refund may be applicable from the War Pensions Agency if the treatment is for the pensionable disability.

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