NHS OPTICAL VOUCHERS - HELP WITH GLASSES COSTS

Voucher values - help towards the cost of glasses from 1st April 2022

Some people claiming a qualifying benefit can claim some or all of the cost of new basic glasses on the NHS

The vouchers must be issued to you immediately after a sight test at the Opticians. It is valid to be spent at any other Opticians or glasses supplier of your choice. Ensure you ask and get your voucher if you are entitled to one. The voucher must be clearly printed on strictly on one A4 sized sheet of paper front and back (not on 2 separate sheets as this will invalidate it). It must be dated and signed by the testing optician and also have the voucher and opticians code on the bottom in the appropriate boxes. If this information isn't added by the optician it will invalidate your voucher. Remember the voucher is yours to keep (not the opticians).

Under the opticians act a due voucher must be given to you on paper if you have a changed prescription or glasses unusable due to fair ware and tear, for you to use at a supplier of your choice. Do not confuse the voucher with your optical prescription which also must be given. A prescription is called a GOS 2 and is marked as such at the top. A voucher is called a GOS3 and is also marked as such at the top.

You can claim a voucher if you are claiming pension credit, employment support allowance, universal credit etc or if you have a complex prescription above 10 dioptres, or if you have applied for full or limited help towards glasses and have the certificate granting such. You can check if you can claim a voucher with your optician.

GOS 3 Vouchers have a letter indicating the value printed or written on them

 

A. Glasses with single vision lenses of a spherical power of not more than 6 dioptres with a cylindrical power of not more than 2 dioptres- £39.90

B. Glasses with single vision lenses: (a) of a spherical power of more than 6 dioptres but less than 10 dioptres with a cylindrical power of not more than 6 dioptres; (b) of a spherical power of less than 10 dioptres with a cylindrical power of more than 2 dioptres but not more than 6 dioptres- £60.50

C. Glasses with single vision lenses of a spherical power of 10 or more dioptres but not more than 14 dioptres with a cylindrical power of not more than 6 dioptres- £88.60

D. Glasses with single vision lenses: (a) of a spherical power of more than 14 dioptres with any cylindrical power; (b) of a cylindrical power of more than 6 dioptres with any spherical power- £199.90

E. Glasses with bifocal lenses of a spherical power of not more than 6 dioptres with a cylindrical power of not more than 2 dioptres- £68.80

F. Glasses with bifocal lenses: (a) of a spherical power of more than 6 dioptres but less than 10 dioptres with a cylindrical power of not more than 6 dioptres; (b) of a spherical power of less than 10 dioptres with a cylindrical power of more than 2 dioptres but not more than 6 dioptres- £87.30

G. Glasses with bifocal lenses of a spherical power of 10 or more dioptres but not more than 14 dioptres with a cylindrical power of not more than 6 dioptres- £113.40

H. Glasses with prism-controlled bifocal lenses of any power or with bifocal lenses: (a) of a spherical power of more than 14 dioptres with any cylindrical power; (b) with a cylindrical power of more than 6 dioptres with any spherical power-£219.80

I. (HES) glasses not falling within any of paragraphs A to H for which a prescription is given in consequence of a testing of sight by an NHS Trust- £204.80

J. Contact lenses for which a prescription is given in consequences of a sight test by an NHS trust or NHS foundation trust- £58.15

 

Prism (per lens) - single vision- £12.85

Prism (per lens) - bifocal- £15.70

Complex lens voucher - single vision- £14.90

Complex lens voucher - bifocal- £38.15

Tints/photochromic lens supplement (per lens) - single vision- £4.50 if medically prescribed

Tints/photochromic lens supplement (per lens) - bifocal- £5.00 if medically prescribed