Supporting your vision at home

Specsavers home visits
If you or someone you know is unable to visit a store unaccompanied due to physical or mental illness or a disability, a Specsavers optician will come to you instead.

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Specsavers home visits

Specsavers home visit service means you can benefit from a free NHS-funded eye test, great offers and high standards of care in the comfort of your own home. All from a name you can trust.

Store-quality service delivered at home

Home eye tests from Specsavers are carried out with the same care and attention as in a Specsavers store and are funded by the NHS if you are eligible.

You can request a home visit for yourself or on behalf of someone else and they'll go to homes, care homes or sheltered accommodation. The process is simple and once they have checked your eligibility, qualified and experienced home-visit opticians will visit you at a time that is convenient for you.

If the eye test shows you need glasses, the visiting optician will be able to talk to you about the offers available to you.

You may also be entitled to NHS support with help towards the cost of your glasses.

Who can use the home visit service?

Because Specsavers provide free NHS-funded home eye tests, there are certain criteria that you have to meet before they can visit you.

To qualify in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you must be unable to visit an optician unaccompanied due to physical or mental illness or disability and also be any of the following:
  • aged 60 or over
  • registered blind or partially sighted
  • diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • aged 40 or over and their mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • receiving benefit (Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit)
  • entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • on a low income and named on a valid HC2 (full help) or HC3 (partial help) certificate
  • eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (our optician will advise on the entitlement).
You may also be entitled to NHS support with the cost of your glasses.

In Scotland

All residents of Scotland are entitled to a free NHS eye examination (funded by the Scottish Government), and those who cannot leave their home unaccompanied due to physical or mental illness or disability can have their eye examination provided at their normal place of residence.

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Please exercise your common sense when considering this guide and whether to take any of the steps that may be suggested in it. Whilst we have taken reasonable care to ensure that any factual information is accurate and complete, most of the information in this guide is based on our views and opinions (and sometimes the views and opinions of the people or organisations we work with). As a result, we cannot make any promises about the accuracy or the completeness of the information and we don’t accept any responsibility for the results of your reliance on it.

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