How Are Eye Tests Funded in Scotland?
The Scottish government has its own rules about eye tests and their funding that are different to those applied in England. Essentially if you are a UK resident (meaning either a citizen or someone who lives legally in the country) living in Scotland you are eligible for an NHS funded eye exam. This eye test is designed to test your eyesight as well as the health of your eyes to make sure there are no problems or developing issues you yourself may not have noticed.
Can I get a free eye test when visiting Scotland?
The rules for free eye testing are only really clear for people living in Scotland. Foreign nationals visiting Scotland are definitely not eligible for NHS funded eye exams, but UK residents who are either visiting Scotland or also living abroad are a trickier category. Most of the time it is up to the optician and how they run their practice as to whether you will receive a free NHS eye test in this instance.
Who provides NHS eye tests?
Any high street optician can provide you with a free eye exam. An optician (also known as an optometrist in the UK) is a qualified and registered health professional whose role is to both assess your eyes and provide you with any corrective lenses you may need. You can arrange an appointment with an optician on your own without needing to go through your GP. An NHS eye test is, as mentioned above, both a check of your vision and the health of your eyes, and regular visits to the optician are advised to maintain your health and catch any problems early.
- Contact Lenses when Playing Sports
- Contact Lenses & Conjunctivitis
- Contact Lenses & Glaucoma
- Contacts Lenses after Cataract Removal
- Are Contact Lenses & Coloured Contacts Safe?
- Disposable Daily Contact Lenses
- Extended Wear Contact Lenses
- Varifocal Contact Lenses
- Bifocal & Trifocal Contact Lenses
- Soft Contact Lenses versus Gas Permeable Lenses
- How do I put my Contacts In and How do I take them Out?
- How Can I Become an Optician?
- Contacts lenses or Eye glasses?
- OPTICIANS IN THE UK
- Eye Tests at an Optician's
- Opticians Costs
- NHS Opticians
- Conditions an Optician Deals With
- Opticians & Children's Eye Tests
- Low Vision & Opticians
- Are Private Eye Tests Better than NHS Eye Tests?
- How Can I Book an Eye Test?
- What is Corporate Eye Care?
- How Are Eye Tests Funded in Scotland?
- How Often Should I Visit the Optician?
- Why Are My Eyes Dry?
- Why Are My Eyes Sore?
- Why Is My Vision Blurry?
- Why Is My Vision Clouded?
- Maintaining Eye Health
- Differences between an Optician, Optometrist, & Ophthalmologist
- What are Eyeglasses/Spectacles?
- When do I Need New Glasses?
- What are Bifocal & Trifocal Glasses?
- Progressive Lenses
- Reading Glasses
- Sunglasses and Designer Sunglasses
- Prescription Sunglasses
- Is It Cheaper To Buy Glasses Online?
- Choosing Eyeglass Frames
- What are Contact Lenses?
- What Do Contact Lenses Do?
- Who Can Wear Contact Lenses?
- Contact Lenses & Dry Eyes
- Can I Wear Contact Lenses Overnight?
- Further Information
UK HEALTH CENTRES
- Colonic Irrigation
- Cosmetic Surgery
- Cosmetic Treatments
- Dental Treatments
- Fertility Treatment
- Hair Transplants
- Harley Street
- Hearing Aids
- Laser Eye Surgery
- Laser Hair Removal
- Medical Centres & GPs
- Private Blood Tests
- Private Health Insurance
- Sleep Disorders
- Smoking & E-Cigarettes
- Sports Medicine
- STD's & STI's
(Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
- Tattoo Removal
- Vasectomy Reversal
- Weight Loss Surgery
- Glossary A-Z
- Latest UK Health News
SELECT A LOCATION