Question 1 : Q: I’ve always had my eyes tested yearly since my diagnosis. I’ve now been told I can only get them tested every two years. Is that right?
A: Yes the NHS will only pay for you to have a sight test as often as it is needed. If you attend the eye clinic regularly your glaucoma will be checked there, so there is no need to have your eyes tested yearly by your optometrist. If the consultant or the optometrist feels you still need to be seen more often this will be arranged.
Question 2 : Q: I’ve just been diagnosed with glaucoma. Can my family be tested for free?
A: Yes. In the UK any close blood relative - a child, parent, brother or sister - who is over the age of 40 - will be able to have a sight test paid for by the NHS. They don't have to bring any proof of your diagnosis. In Scotland eye examinations are paid for by the NHS for everyone.
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