If you are a UK resident, you can get a free NHS eye examination in Scotland.

What happens during the eye examination?

Our optometrists will do various tests and procedures, depending on what your needs and symptoms are. A sight test will be included. Sometimes, our optometrists may not be able to do all the tests and procedures during one appointment or may need to repeat a procedure. At the end of the examination, our optometrists will discuss the results with you and tell you if you need glasses or contact lenses. If you need medical treatment for an eye condition, our optometrists may refer you to the eye department at a hospital.

How often should I have an NHS eye examination?

You can have a free eye examination once every two years if you are between 16 and 59 years old.

You can have a free eye examination once a year if you: – are under 16 – are 60 or over – have ocular hypertension or diabetes – have glaucoma, or – are 40 or over and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has glaucoma. Your optometrist will tell you if you need a follow-up appointment. If you have problems with your eyes before your next NHS eye examination is due, you can arrange another appointment as soon as you need it.