Glasses with support from the NHS

Discover the Benefits of Free NHS Glasses

At Templeman Opticians, we are dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to quality eye care and eyewear. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer Free NHS Glasses for eligible individuals in Essex and beyond.

Why Choose Free NHS Glasses?

  1. Quality Eyewear: Our NHS glasses are crafted to the highest standards, ensuring that you receive eyewear that not only improves your vision but also complements your style.

  2. Financial Relief: Eyeglasses can be a significant expense. With Free NHS Glasses, you can enjoy clear vision without the financial burden.

  3. Variety of Styles: Our collection of NHS glasses includes a wide range of styles, from classic to contemporary, ensuring that you find frames that suit your taste.

Your Glasses Will be Delivered within 5-10 working days

Once we have received your prescription and details we will get your glasses and lenses glazed to the highest quality,

Am I Eligible for FREE NHS Glasses?

To be eligible for free NHS glasses, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Physical or Mental Disability: You are unable to leave home unaccompanied or require a home visit due to a physical or mental disability.

  2. Age-Related Eligibility: You fall into one of these age categories:

    • Aged 60 or over.
    • Under 16 years of age, or under 19 years and in full-time education.
  3. Sight-Related Eligibility: You meet one of the following sight-related criteria:

    • Registered as blind or partially sighted.
    • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma.
    • Aged 40 or over and have a direct relative with glaucoma, or you have been advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma.
    • Prescribed a complex lens.
  4. Benefit or Credit-Related Eligibility: You (or your partner) are receiving one of the following benefits or credits:

    • Income Support or Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance (not contribution-based).
    • Working Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate.
    • Child Tax Credit and are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate.
    • You are named on an NHS certificate for full or partial help with health costs (HC2/3).
    • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

If you meet any of these eligibility criteria, you may qualify for free NHS glasses. Our team at [Your Optician Practice Name] can assist you in determining your eligibility and guide you through the process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Lenses to fit your needs

  • All dispensing and re glazing is done in-house using the latest state-of-art machines we can guarantee precise; quality results every time. 
  • High trained staff are always on hand to give you advice on those difficult prescriptions, ensuring that the lenses you ordered will always exceed your patient’s expectations.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for Free NHS Glasses, you must meet certain criteria, which typically include:

  • Being a UK resident.
  • Being registered with a GP in England.
  • Meeting specific income or health-related criteria.

Our friendly and knowledgeable team can assist you in determining your eligibility and guide you through the application process.

The Application Process

  1. Consultation: Schedule an eye examination with our experienced optometrists. They will assess your vision and determine your eyewear needs.

  2. Eligibility Check: Our team will verify your eligibility for Free NHS Glasses based on the criteria set by the NHS.

  3. Frame Selection: Choose from our wide range of frames, including options that are stylish, comfortable, and suited to your prescription.

  4. Lens Customization: We’ll customize your lenses to your exact prescription, ensuring optimal vision correction.

  5. Fitting and Adjustments: Our opticians will ensure that your new glasses fit comfortably and securely.

Any questions please call 01268 777729 

Warm regards, Wendy Templeman

With a firm commitment to professionalism and excellence, we are proud to be NHS registered and licensed, ensuring that you receive trusted and reliable eye care services. Our caring and compassionate team takes the time to understand your unique vision concerns and provide tailored solutions that align with your lifestyle and preferences.

Get In Touch

Our team of specialist mobile opticians can come to those who can’t visit us in-store unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability.


In order to be eligible for a home visit, you or someone you know might:

  • have a condition that stops you from leaving your home unaccompanied due to poor health, or

  • be living with a diagnosed mental health condition that prevents you from leaving your home without the assistance of another person, or

  • be housebound or bedbound due to a physical disability


What do we mean by a physical or mental illness?


There are many conditions and reasons why someone might not able to leave their home unaccompanied. It’s best to talk to us about your situation so we can determine if you do meet the criteria, but to try and help make it a little clearer, here are a few examples. 


Conditions may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Severe arthritis
  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A condition that affects your mobility
  • A condition that affects your short term memory
  • An illness that requires constant medication (for example, oxygen)
  • A temporary medical reason prohibiting you from leaving your home (such as vertigo)
  • A temporary illness that prevents a person from leaving the home unaccompanied
  • A medical professional has advised you not to leave home without help

Whatever the reason is, if you or someone you know can’t leave the home without the assistance of another person, then get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to have a home eye test.


Who qualifies for a free home eye test?


Those who have a physical or mental illness which prevent you from leaving your home unaccompanied.

Those who are eligible for free NHS-funded eye tests by checking the criteria below.

The majority of our customers qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. 


See if you do by checking if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • Aged 40 or over and have a family member diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • Receiving benefit*
  • Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate (full help). Those named on an NHS HC3 certificate (partial help) may also get help with the cost of a private eye test
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on the entitlement)


*You’re also entitled if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: Income Support, Income-related Employment, and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Our team of specialist mobile opticians can come to those who can’t visit us in store unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability.

In order to be eligible for a home visit, you or someone you know might:

  • have a condition that stops you from leaving your home unaccompanied due to poor health, or

  • be living with a diagnosed mental health condition that prevents you from leaving your home without the assistance of another person, or

  • be housebound or bedbound due to a physical disability

What do we mean by a physical or mental illness?

There are many conditions and reasons why someone might not able to leave their home unaccompanied. It’s best to talk to us about your situation so we can determine if you do meet the criteria, but to try and help make it a little clearer, here are a few examples. Conditions may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Severe arthritis
  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A condition that affects your mobility
  • A condition that affects your short term memory
  • An illness that requires constant medication (for example, oxygen)
  • A temporary medical reason prohibiting you from leaving your home (such as vertigo)
  • A temporary illness that prevents a person from leaving the home unaccompanied
  • A medical professional has advised you not to leave home without help

Whatever the reason is, if you or someone you know can’t leave the home without the assistance of another person, then get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to have a home eye test.

Who qualifies for a free home eye test?

Those who have a physical or mental illness which prevents you from leaving your home unaccompanied.

Those who are eligible for free NHS-funded eye test by checking the criteria below.

The majority of our customers qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. See if you do by checking if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • Aged 40 or over and have a family member diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • Receiving benefit*
  • Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate (full help). Those named on an NHS HC3 certificate (partial help) may also get help with the cost of a private eye test
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on the entitlement)

*You’re also entitled if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Who does not qualify for our home visit service?

No matter what condition you have, if you are physically able to leave your home on your own without needing help or assistance of another person, you will not qualify for a free NHS-funded home eye test.

We are also unable to visit patients in hospital.