Can I get free glasses for my child, as they have a vision impairment?

Unfortunately you cannot get free glasses, lenses or contact lenses for your child if they are blind or partially sighted.

But you can get NHS vouchers that will help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses for children who are aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education.

If you paid for glasses or contact lenses and think you may have qualified for a voucher, you can claim a refund. You'll need a receipt for the glasses or contact lenses you've bought, including the amount you paid and the date of payment.

You can find out more and download a claim form (HC5 claim form for optical charges) on the NHS website.

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