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Services

Thompson Opticians provide a full and extensive range of services.

Services include DVLA sight checks at selected branches

 

NHS Entitlements - Free Sight Test

Certain groups of people are entitled to a free Sight Test under the National Health Service. This can be carried out at any of our branches.

You qualify for a free NHS funded sight test if you are:

- aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education

- aged 60 or over

- registered blind or partially sighted

- diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma

- aged 40 or over and you are the parent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a person diagnosed with glaucoma, or you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma

- eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher

You are also entitled to a free NHS sight test if:

- you receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution based)

- you receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

- you receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance

- you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

- you are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

Also read about the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS).

 

NHS Entitlements - Help with Glasses or Contact Lenses

You may get help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses if you:

- are aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education or

- are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (your optician will advise you on your entitlement)

You may also get an NHS optical voucher if:

- You receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution-based)

- You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

- You receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.

- You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.

- You are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2). People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to optical vouchers to the optician or a member of their staff.

There are currently eight voucher values. The values are dependent on the strength of your prescription. The stronger your prescription the higher your voucher value. 

If you receive an NHS optical voucher, you are free to take it to any supplier of your choice, providing they accept NHS optical vouchers. If your glasses or contact lenses cost more than your voucher value, you will have to pay the difference.

For more information download the leaflet HC12: charges and optical vouchers (PDF, 52 kb).

 

Domiciliary Service

For those people who are housebound and unable to access a practice we carry out a domiciliary home visit service. Thompson Opticians also offer this Domiciliary Service throughout Northumberland and Newcastle.

We have been providing a friendly, informed and efficient service for over twenty-five years, to sheltered accommodation, nursing and residential homes.

We use the latest portable equipment to carry out a full standard eye examination, including screening for glaucoma and diabetes. We comply with all FHSA guidelines and standards.

We aim to satisfy the needs of all patients' and offer a full after care service. A training programme is available to help care staff understand their residents needs.

For further information contact us on the free phone number: 0800716921