All eye examinations in Scotland are free every 2 years for most people aged 16 to 60. An annual eye examination is free and advisable in the following groups:

  • Children under 16 years of age
  •  Adults over 70 years of age.
  • Those with Diabetes or Glaucoma / Ocular Hypertension
  • Those who are over 40 with an immediate relative with Glaucoma


If you have any worries or concerns about your eyes or vision and your NHS test is not due – Come and See us! Don’t wait as this may put your eye health at risk, these tests are also free.

Worried or concerned about your vision? Eye-test not due? Come and see us!

Don't feel you have to wait until your next NHS test is due.
Answer: The NHS operates the voucher system which entitles certain people to a voucher. The categories that are normally entitled to a voucher are listed below:

  •  Children under 19 and in full time education
  • Those on the following benefits, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, Income
    Support, Pension Credit, Tax Credit or Disabled Persons’s Tax Credit.
  • Those in receipt of an HC2 or HC3 certificate.
  • Those prescribed a complex prescription. 


At T.A McMahon Optometrists if you are entitled to a NHS voucher, you can choose from our entire range of completely free glasses – including standard single vision, bifocal or varifocal lenses. Alternatively, you can put your NHS voucher towards frames in our extensive designer range.

All under-16s are entitled to an NHS voucher and we have a wide range of free glasses for children. Kids’ specs are cleverly and stylishly designed in fun, bright colours, made to withstand daily life and typical rough and tumble.

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